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Words with Wings

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Gabby’s world is filled with daydreams. However, what began as an escape from her parents’ arguments has now taken over her life. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer, and words that carried her away might allow her to soar. Written in vivid, accessible poems, this remarkable verse novel is a celebration of imagination, o ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by WordSong (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 14, 2013 added it
Grimes, N. (2013). Words with wings. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mill Press. 96 pp. ISBN: 978-1-59078-985-8. (Hardcover); $15.95.

In all fairness, as much as I adore this book, I am not the best person to review it. I am, however, the BEST person to talk about one of the characters in the book because that person is the real, live, nonfiction ME! If one takes a look at the acknowledgment page, one will see that the teacher character in this book is named for me because of several qu
Mrs. P
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
**ARC thanks to Netgalley**

To be honest, when I opened the book tonight, I was just planning to skim the first few pages to get the gist for now. That did not happen -- I started reading the first poem and did not stop until I read the last. Halfway through, I was salivating to share with my next-year students.

The vivid language, the simple (yet, oh-so-deep) story....perfection.

May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a daydreamer of divorced parents, I really connected with this. It is told in poems and follows a young girl who has issues with daydreaming too much. Th poems are vivid and really capture the essences of the words and what they mean to a kid. It was like reading memories of my own. The ending was heartwarming to top it all off. Overall I really enjoyed this read.
Kate ☀️ Olson
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this one about the beauty of daydreams and a teacher who recognized the importance of them ~ I think it would be great to pair this somehow with the picture book Happy Dreamer by Peter Reynolds. And have I mentioned how accessible verse is?? All that white space makes my eyes and brain happy.....this would be an amazing choice to hand to a 4th or 5th grader struggling to make it through a standard novel format.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful, creative and imaginative way of one girls look at life through daydreaming.
Ellie F
really good, I recommend this book to people who like reading books in a day or two! I also liked how the end ended!
Laura Salas
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
This beautiful story in poems presents a daydreamer kid and a teacher who really makes a difference in her life. Excellent imagery, interesting story arc, and a sympathetic main character made this story one that I zipped right through. It was totally satisfying, even though I didn't really want it to end! A real gem.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Short 'n' sweet novel in verse, for any age 7 to 12 as I never caught just how old Gabby is.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a delicate, whimsical, dreamy kind of book about a young girl who can't stop daydreaming. This would make an excellent read-aloud. It's a relatively short book, but packed with thoughts and ideas.

Book description:
Gabby’s world is filled with daydreams. However, what began as an escape from her parents’ arguments has now taken over her life. But with the help of a new teacher, Gabby the dreamer might just become Gabby the writer, and words that carried her away mig
Maren B
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was so good! one of my favorite books of all time. sometimes it was sad but it ends on a happy note! this book went by really fast
Tamera Wissinger
Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes is a tenderly written contemporary verse novel with a sensitive, imaginative young protagonist – Gabrielle (named after the angel Gabriel because, “He was so fierce people fainted at the very sight of him.” There is much to love about this story told in Gaby’s first person narrative voice. First and foremost, it does exactly what a good verse novel should do: the poems work together to each reveal more of the story as Gaby struggles to cope with her parent’s divo ...more
Umit N
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who is willing to read a book that they'll finish in the same day!
Words with Wings.

This book is a wonderfully short, nicely written little novel with great imagery to make you feel that you're in the book's scene yourself. Although I am not a great fan of short books that end quite quickly, this one was quite entertaining, and the story did not take long at all to start off.

This is one of my first novel in-verse books that I have ever read, and it turns out, they aren't so bad after all. However, one specific thing that I liked about th
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This brief novel in verse describes the life of Gabby, whose family has split up and who has just started a new school. Gabby is a daydreamer, which is a problem when the teacher is talking or when she's doing chores at home. Her classmates avoid her, thinking she's strange. Will she ever make friends?

I particularly like the solution that Gabby's teacher comes up with to cope with her daydreaming. Very clever, and based on a real teacher's real solution.

I also especially
Beth Honeycutt
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad we found this book! I think it will be wonderful for our whole-school read aloud and to tie into our author visits in 2015-2016.

I have some ideas already about how to use it in my 8th grade classroom:


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One Sentence Review: Sweet little story, though I should probably say I can't honestly review it since I know personally the "Mr. Spicer" mentioned within its pages.
Mary Lee
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A peek into the mind of a daydreamer, and a teacher to add to our Great Teachers in Children's Literature list on the blog.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating description and vocabulary. A book dripping with inspiration.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Lovely poems about a daydreamer.
Megan Kodweis
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Some words sit still on the page holding a story steady. Those words never get me into trouble. But other words have wings that wake my daydreams. They fly in....and carry my thoughts away"

This quote is on page 11 of this wonderful book by Nikki Grimes and I think is a great example of the the free verse poetry that can be expected from this book.

We meet Gabby, a young girl who is learning to deal with her parents divorce, moving, switching schools, and feeling like the "weird" kid
Maura Murphy
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
Words with Wings is a novel in verse that could be read in any 3-5 classroom. This book is written from the perspective of Gabby, a young girl that loves to daydream, even though it often distracts her from what she is supposed to be doing, such as chores or listening in class. She is also struggling with her parent's divorce, living with her mom who does not seem to understand her, and missing the father she feels closer to. With the help of her teacher and a new friend at her school, Gabby lea ...more
This is a charming little children's book written in free verse about Gabriella, a young girl who sees words with wings; that is the way she describes her constant daydreaming. Her mother and father have recently separated and she has had to move to a new house and a new school. Gabby misses her father and the closeness that the three of them shared. She also misses her old school and friends since at the new school she is seen as being odd. Her mother and her teacher are always telling her to p ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this after one of my students repeatedly talked to me about how much she loved this book. I finally had the opportunity to read Words with Wings, yesterday, when she returned her copy to the library and told our librarian to make sure I was the next person to read it. When I had a quiet moment I finally read this book and it brought me to tears due to the writing, the language, and the reason this particular student had connected to this book. She has significant reading difficulties, but ...more
What a beautiful book in verse about daydreaming and finding yourself. I can see so many of my students identifying with her, whether it be through relationships with parents, peers, daydreaming, teachers, etc. This is such a beautifully crafted story.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A short, vivid novel in verse, full of daydreams and a few hard realities. Perfect for absorbing in two afternoon breaks.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful mentor text for young children. Favorite lines, “Mom names me for a/ creature with wings, then wonder/ what makes my thoughts fly” (Grimes 22).
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this quick read. I loved the changes in fonts between narration and daydreaming.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful novel in verse about appreciating and making the most of our individual gifts and talents.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A simple yet engaging story told in prose from a young girl. Gabby uses her daydreams to help her through life's challenges and escape from hard times. Despite the criticisms from her mother, teachers, and students, Gabby is able to turn her daydreams in a force for creative self-expression thanks to an amazing teacher. I loved this book and hope to read more from the author.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes is about a girl (Gabby) who loves to daydream. In the beginning of the book she talks a little bit about her best friend:Cheri. Cheri doesn’t mind her daydreaming and Gabby also mentions that Cheri is color blind so when she explains her daydreams it is almost like she sees color. But, unfortunately Gabby goes to another school. There her teacher doesn’t want her to daydream. In this book there is one poem about something that happened in real life then the poem ...more
Jessica Cain
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307, poetry, fiction
Summary and Critique:
This book was composed of 70+ poems of the journey through Gabriella's life. She is a daydreamer which is frustrating to her mother and classmates at school because one simple word you say could send her mind going crazy. Her parents get divorces which really affected her and her emotions. Her dad moved away and she was left living with her mom. When her parents split it made her daydreaming worse because it was an escape for her. She misses the way her family used to be an
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