This week I was invited to read Fly Free to my son’s school. What a joy on so many levels! First it was a joy to be back in the school where I went to second through fourth grade. My amazing second grade teacher was in the audience, and I was introduced by my wonderful fourth grade teacher. Secondly, Fly Free is an outstanding book. It is all about how good deeds are passed through the world by our loving actions. What a wonderful message.
The children loved the illustrations of pagodas which are so different from what they see here in Maine. Thirdly, I set the refrain in the book to a melody and it was thrilling to hear the children pick it up and sing it with me throughout the story. I know they will be singing “Fly free, Fly free in the sky so blue…When you do a good deed it will come back to you.” all day. How fantastic is that? Once again I am reminded of the power of music to carry messages to our hearts that stay there for a lifetime. Fly Free has been nominated for a Maine Chickadee Award. I hope it wins!
We were so inspired by the story that we recorded the melody to send to the author of the book. Writing such beauty and bringing it to the world is a very good deed. Perhaps when she hears grateful children across the country sing her words back to her she will feel that good deed come full circle.
If you are looking for a wonderful book to add to your child’s library I hope you will consider Fly Free.
To hear the children sing the melody click here Fly Free Maine Children.
To hear me sing it click here Fly Free Song ARW