- The People Could Fly
Hamilton, V. (1985). The people could fly: The picture book. New York, NY: Knopf, Borzoi Books.
- This book tells the story of African American slaves, who became overwhelmed by the realities of slavery so they grew wings and flew away to freedom with Toby.
- Historical fiction
- Readers learning about slavery would like this book.
- 4/4. I loved this book because of the narration style and the illustrations. It talks about slavery and the realities the slaves faced that caused them to grow wings or fly away to freedom in a way that the reader could connect with.
- Who is Toby and what did he do?
- Grand Conversations: This strategy requires the students to explore the big ideas and reflect on their feelings about the book during a class discussion, in which they do not have to raise their hands. Instead, they take turns and speak when no one else is speaking, much like an adult conversation. This strategy would be useful for this book because many students have knowledge of slavery, so they would be able to discuss with each other the meaning of the book and the wings. The strategy is effective in deepening comprehension of the story and building social skills.