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Ikarus Jackson, the new boy in school, is outcast because he has wings, but his resilient spirit inspires one girl to speak up for him.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Scholastic Press
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I’m so grateful that I noticed this book featured on a shelf in my school library. How could I have missed this book, published in 2000! It’s about being oneself, the feeling lonely because of bullying, the celebration of looking at someone deemed “different” and seeing her or him through new eyes, and finally the bystander becomes an ally. A boy with wings is ridiculed. Even the teacher complains that his wings made it hard for students to see the blackboard. The ‘storyteller’ says: “They whis ...more
NSAndrew Liebergen
Oct 08, 2009 NSAndrew Liebergen rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ikarus Jackson, a new boy on the block, surprises his neighbors one day by flying above the rooftops with his "long, strong, proud wings." People start to whisper, though, and soon those whispers turn to taunts, disdain, and finally even dismissal from school. One quiet girl, someone who knows loneliness herself, doesn't think the winged boy is strange. She runs through the streets, searching the clouds for her exiled schoolmate, only to find a policeman yelling at him to get down from the edge ...more
Feb 17, 2010 Lauma rated it really liked it
Award winning author, Myers, has written a beautiful story to encourage children to "Let your spirit soar." It's a powerful story about being different, accepting others, and feeling free to be who you are. Ikarus Jackson has "...strong, proud wings wherever he went." The whole school,"whispered about his wings and his hair and his shoes. Like they whisper about how quiet I am." One girl tells Jackson that his wings are beautiful and stands up for him. That is enough to send Jackson flying high! ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Kennedy rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Wings by Christopher Myers is a really good book about a boy with wings called Ikarus Jackson. He's new to town and everyone is mean to him and laughs at him because he is different. The story is narrated by a little girl that is also bullied by the other kids. Ikarus throughout the story starts to feel worse and worse about himself and the little girl finally had enough. When the kids bully him again she yells at them to leave Ikarus alone and she tells him that his flying is wonderful.
This i
Chrissy Emmons
Apr 22, 2015 Chrissy Emmons rated it it was amazing
I am so grateful that I picked this book up. This book tells the story about a boy who is bullied because he is different. Defeat and loneliness were taking him over until finally someone stood up for him; recognizing that his difference make him unique and the great person that he is. I would definitely use this story in my classroom to demonstrate how a student would feel it they were being bullied. The illustrations are wonderful. They are unique and portray that the other students seem simil ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Xiaoting rated it it was amazing
Wings by Christopher Myers
It is well known that good books can trigger readers’ thinking. Wings is such good book. Ikarus Jackson has wings, and is able to fly. These characteristics make him different from the other kids. He faces prejudice and discrimination, but ultimately finds a friend a girl who appreciates him for the unique person he is. This is powerful and thought-provoking story.
1) The jacket flaps shows us a question that Are you brave enough to be your true self. This question is g
Wings by Christopher Myers is a story about a not so typical young boy that can’t help but stand out, and a young girl who tries to do the complete opposite. The one thing they have in common is how they both get made fun of by the other kids. The boy, Ikarus Jackson, is different. He has these magnificent wings that no one else has seen. His peers tease him again and again. He even tried to show them all the cool stuff he could do with them like fly, leap, and jump through the sky but they were ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Gypsy rated it liked it
I read this book to a group of children for an African American Read-in for at local elementary school. They all seemed to enjoy it. We had a discussion on differences and how people are often critical of our differences. It is our differences that make us unique. I was very impressed with the kids’ comments and their interest in the subject matter.
Nov 19, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book for it's universal message of taking pride in your uniqueness/differences. Although the art/illustrations contains African American influence the book is for everyone to enjoy and should not be limited to only African American studies!
Feb 12, 2009 Pauline rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very similar to "Bad Case of Stripes" showing kids it's okay to be unique or different...and, a nice sub-story of friendship.
Miss Balzaretti
Wings by Christopher Myers, tells the story of a young boy named Ikarus Jackson who has wings and the ability to fly. Because he is made fun of at school the he runs away from them and hides. A young girl, the narrator of the story, struggles within herself to whether she should stick up for Ikarus or join the rest of the children in their taunting. In the end, she sticks up for him and his self-esteem in renewed. I really enjoy this book because of the message it has behind the story. I feel th ...more
An interesting tale of a boy named Ikarus who is different from the rest of the children. They tease him, and make him feel unwanted . . . all save the narrator who reaches out to him and embraces his individuality.

It's a story that worked well to address an issue in the classroom that was similar.

Colorful. Meaningful.

That's kind of how it worked with my students as I read it aloud to
them. They saw all the interesting images from Christopher Myers, who
they know as the boy from "Love That B
Marissa Kuhn
Mar 05, 2014 Marissa Kuhn rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Wings is a wonderful story about a boy who is teased for having wings, who eventually flies proud and strong. All of this is told from a lonely girl who admires him for being different. This book is great to teach children of all ages to be proud of themselves and what makes them unique.
The collage illustrations make it interesting for kid's to look at, while older readers will find the typeface easy to read. I love the placement of the text beside and just under Ikarus to show the narrators po
Feb 12, 2011 Erika rated it really liked it
While teaching freshman English, my colleague and I came up with an extended lesson on the myth of Daedalus focusing on his son Icarus. This was one of our favorite projects because we brought in art, poetry, and short stories to talk about how myths get adapted and what their true meaning is. The conversation with students was rich and full of deep meaning. In the end, each student was to present his or her own version of the Icarus myth (through visual art, music, poetry, short story, etc.) an ...more
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"Wings" is a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book. It is the story of the strange boy, “Ikarus” who is different from others since he has wings and can fly. Due to his differences, he is taunted by the kids around him. There is one person who doesn’t go along with the taunting and who actually feels for Ikarus. This person in the end sticks up for Ikarus and helps others realize it's ok to be different. This book would be considered low fantasy since it involves a magical character who can fly. Ev ...more
Katie Logonauts
This unique take on bullying features a supporting character, Ikarus Jackson, a young (presumably black) boy with wings. The narrator, a bystander and fellow student, shares his/her own observations about the new boy and everyone's reactions to him. Only after witnessing much does the narrator step up and stop the bullying. This could be a great book for generating discussion about diversity, inclusion, bullying, and differences.
Oct 08, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Was recommended in a book on using picture books to teach literary elements. This one is on theme. The story is definitely geared toward older readers (those who are in school). Ikarus Jackson is picked on because of the wings on his back. He, and another girl who is picked on for being different, ultimately learn to celebrate their differences. A story most kids can relate to, and as such a perfect story to teach theme.
Apr 20, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it
This is simple story with echoes of the Icarus tale. The narrator watches as Ikarus, a boy with strong, beautiful wings, is discouraged and teased by his classmates, teachers and neighbors. The narrator, at first hesitant to intervene, cultivates a friendship with Ikarus, and in a departure from the Greek myth, helps him to keep his wings. The artwork is beautiful, simple and spare collage, and the style of writing complements it.
This book would be an interesting pairing with Leo Lionni's "Tico
A good story about being different. Would work well in Acceptance unit. Study line breaks for craft. Challenge students to identify materials used for the pictures for Masks unit work.
Mar 16, 2014 Rene rated it really liked it
Beautiful and lyrical, this poem by Christopher Myers follows the flying wings of Ikarus Jackson who is new in the neighborhood and new at school. When his wings, which he uses to soar and swoop and touch the sky, are met with sneers and laughter, Ikarus begins to lose his confidence and his love for his wings. Only through empathy and the courage of a classmate, someone who also feels the scorn of intolerance around her, does Ikarus remember who he is and lets himself spread his wings and fly h ...more
Dec 04, 2014 Miss rated it really liked it
icarus for young children: about being unafraid to soar. the illustrations are mixed medium, very unique and beautiful. 4 stars
Kelly Tessitore
Feb 22, 2012 Kelly Tessitore rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful! It shows kids in a creative way how to stand up for others and how it is a good thing that everyone is not the same! The illustrations are very different. They are abstract and stand out from typical children's books. This book promotes diversity in a fictitious way and shows young people how society tends to fear differences and therefore make fun of/look down on people who march to the beat of a different drum. But by the end of the book the characters in the book real ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Haylee rated it really liked it
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I liked this book but I thought it was weird and yet interesting, I am not so sure how I truly felt about it.
This story explores the idea that no one should ever be ashamed of the thing that makes them special.
Jeff read this for a third grade class visit a few weeks ago and they were absolute rapt!
Taylor Moore
A cute book about a boy who is different from the rest. Ikarus Jackson has wings that go with him wherever he goes. He is made fun of by other children and gets in trouble with the policeman for being so different. However, the narrator stands up for Ikarus when everyone else is making fun of him, remarking that his flying is beautiful. A great lesson for students not to give into peer pressure and not to bully. It also is a great book to show kids that it is important to be proud of the things ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
LOVED this book. Dreamlike yet rooted in real experience.
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Apr 25, 2015 Stella rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story that will help aid discussions about bullying, being a positive bystander, and embracing what makes us unique.

The author sums it up perfectly, stating: “I wanted to create a book that tells kids never to abandon the things that make them different, to be proud of what makes them unique. Every child has his own beauty, her own talents. Ikarus Jackson can fly through the air; I want kids to find their own set of wings and soar with him.” – Christopher Myers
Sarah Attayek
I enjoyed reading Wings. It was simple and straightforward. The images were modern impressionist that intermixed drawings with clippings from magazines it seemed. It was about a boy who was different and was teased because of it. However, through his courage and his friend, he is able to embrace his differences as a positive attribute. This book sends a very positive message to kids about differences and acceptance. Self acceptance comes first.
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Christopher Dean "Chris" Myers is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. In 1998, Myers won a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Harlem. The following year, he wrote and illustrated Black Cat, a book that received a Coretta Scott King Award (2000). In addition to writing and illustrating his own stories, Myers often illustrates books written by his father Walter Dean Myers.

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