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Little Wings #1: Willa Bean's Cloud Dreams

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Cecilia Galante, the author of The Patron Saint of Butterflies, makes her Stepping Stones debut with a sweet series about a lovable curly-haired cupid.

Most cupids have soft straight hair, rosy cheeks, and silky white wings. Not Willa Bean! She has a crazy mess of hair, a million-bajillion freckles, and bright purple wings with silver tips. And lately those bright purple wi
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ebook, 114 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Resti  Triyuliandha
yay.. wizzle--dizzle--doodad.. :)
I love this book. never get enough with this kind of book. Willa Bean was a little cupid. Cupids live in faraway place called Nimbus. I remember , Harry Potter's 1st broomstick, Nimbus 2000. LoL
In this imaginary world, Willa live in Cloud four. there other clouds, such as clud one, two, three untill nine clouds. where there is a Cupid academy, a place for young cupids study, before they start they job.when they are ready, cupids will have special missions on Eart
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Resti  Triyuliandha
Aug 19, 2011 Resti Triyuliandha rated it really liked it
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yay.. wizzle--dizzle--doodad.. :)
I love this book. never get enough with this kind of book. Willa Bean was a little cupid. Cupids live in faraway place called Nimbus. I remember , Harry Potter's 1st broomstick, Nimbus 2000. LoL
In this imaginary world, Willa live in Cloud four. there other clouds, such as clud one, two, three untill nine clouds. where there is a Cupid academy, a place for young cupids study, before they start they job.when they are ready, cupids will have special missions on Eart
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Michelle
Oct 23, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This little cupid will cause you to fall in love…but not because of her bow and arrow. Willa Bean is a cupid with a mess of wild, curly hair that grows up, out, and sideways. She has a “milli-bajillion freckles” and wings of purple feathers with silver tips. Her and her friend Harper spend their days hunting for treasure, and quite a bit of it gets stored in Willa Bean’s Hair. But now things are changing, as the pair are set to begin Cupid Academy. Only problem is, Willa Bean can’t fly, and the ...more
Vidya Tiru
A cute story and a wonderful first of a series. I love that Willa Bean has flaws, is different from others and yet loves that she is different, has great friends and treasures her friend and family as much as she enjoys finding treasures. The story follows Willa Bean as she dreadfully prepares for her first day of school where she will have to – fly. And she cannot – she does not want to reveal this to others (her best friend and her family know but does the whole school have to?)
The author does
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Trish
Apr 05, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
Title: Little Wings #1: Willa Bean's Cloud Dreams
Author: Cecilia Galante
Publisher: Random House
Due: December 27, 2011

ARC copy
Rating: 4 stars

Always on the lookout for new book titles to add to the school library, I adored this little gem by Cecilia Galante. This would be an excellent choice for either the classroom or library story time for grades PreK-1st or for stage 3-4 independent readers.

The main character, Willa Bean, is a vivacious little cupid who is apprehensive about her first day of sc
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Sharon Lawler
First book in the "Little Wings" series about cupids and their life in the Nimbus clouds. Little cupids help children and their parents help adults. Willa Bean, with her purple wings, freckles, and wild curly hair, is about to start Cupid Academy, but she has a small problem--she can't fly. Storyline and vocabulary make this a nice chapter book for children in grades 1-3 who are reading independently.
Jean V. Naggar Literary
Little Wings series #1

“It’s pretty easy to love a heroine who uses her unruly locks to store her snacks, as well as various treasures she finds in the clouds...A welcome nod toward embracing difference...Galante’s sense of humor often hits the mark...Burgeoning solo readers should find it easy to identify with iconoclastic Willa Bean’s foibles, exuberance, and school-day woes.” --Publishers Weekly

“Brimming with emotion and insight...Galante's prose investigates the impact of loss and the importa
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Katie Fitzgerald
There aren't many chapter books out there that take place in such a well-developed fantastical setting. I know fairies and unicorns and creatures of that nature are really popular with early elementary school girls, and I can't imagine that Willa Bean's Cloud Dreams will have any trouble finding an audience. Though Willa's problem with flying isn't something human girls in the real world are going to encounter, her persistence in trying to overcome it will resonate with any child struggling to l ...more
Sydney
Nov 15, 2013 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
its about Willa Bean is going to CUPID ACADEMY and she doesn't know how to fly yet and she carries a lot of stuff in her big curly hair. when Willa goes to class and the students try out their quill pens Willa gets some ink on her finger and wipes it on her dress. then she keeps the the feather pen and puts it in her hair. then when they go to music class Willa finds a eraser and keeps it in her hair. then there is flying class and and Willa is afraid. when she sees Raymond he has a lot of medal ...more
Charlie Whittington-jones
I thought it was nice because I 'got' the story. I liked that she was different and she knew it and she liked it even though it was sometimes difficult. It was about a cupid who learnt how to fly.
Margaret
Dec 04, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
12/4 ** This book does what it sets out to do - connect with K-2 girls as they figure out how to adapt to their school. If you have young readers who need an alternative to Junie B. Jones, guide them toward Willa Bean. I enjoyed Willa's perky personality; also, the author does a good job giving the three main girls different characteristics.

The story is well-complemented by Kristi Valiant's illustrations. Seeing Willa Bean's hair billowing from her head helped me feel her personality.

Good addit
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Jen
"The Little Wings series opens with this humorous adventure that introduces a strong-willed fledgling cupid whose mop of messy hair, “million-bajillion” freckles, and purple wings set her apart from her peers. . . . Burgeoning solo readers should find it easy to identify with iconoclastic Willa Bean’s foibles, exuberance, and school-day woes."--Publishers Weekly
Aubrey
Oct 02, 2011 Aubrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent easy-to-read chapter book for young children. When I first saw the bookon netgalley I thought it would be like Daisy Meadows' Rainbow Magic series, but Willa Bean was much more reminiscent of Junie B. Jones. Super cute storyline and sweet characters.
Terry
Feb 16, 2013 Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great series. She has a real feel for what little girls like.
Ellie
Kleptomaniac cupid can't fly. Rainbow Magic read-alike.
Nancy Carty Lepri
Oct 30, 2011 Nancy Carty Lepri rated it really liked it
The younger set will love this!
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Cecilia Galante is the author of several middle grade, young adult and adult novels. She also teaches 8th grade English at Wyoming Seminary Prep School, and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Wilkes University.
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