As a father of four daughters, now grown, some with children of their own, I often look back on the awesome experiences we’ve shared during our lives together.
Our family has been blessed to travel a fair amount, seeing a lot of the United States. My wife and I always read to our daughters when they were young and later shared a love of books with them.
I decided to combine both of those memories by writing my first children’s book, Flying Far, about some of the many interesting and beautiful places in our country. I’m very proud that one of those four daughters, Rachel Donovan, agreed to use her considerable artistic ability to illustrate Flying Far. I think you’ll agree that her beautiful watercolor images are the highlight of Flying Far - perfectly capturing a child’s amazing imagination.
Flying Far is a fantasy that opens the door to imagination taking flight – literally. Because of misbehavior, Michael is confined to his room for a while, but that doesn’t confine Michael’s imagination. When he puts his plain, old ordinary socks on his hands, rather than his feet, Michael suddenly can fly! After a brief time trying out his new ability, he takes a cross-country flight and visits a small portion of the incredible sights he has learned about in school.
Depending on the age level of your young reader, one of the best parts of the book is at the very end. The question, “Where would you fly?”, is intended to open the door to all sorts of fun discussions for days and years to come! Enjoy!