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Fly Away Home

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,694 ratings  ·  434 reviews
A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed, is given hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 22nd 1993 by Clarion Books (first published 1991)
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Rebecca Hipps
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's difficult for me to give my reaction to this book, because I find the text and images so incredibly powerful. From the first opening, we get an honest view of a hard-working father and his son, striving to create a better life for themselves. The first statement abruptly introduces the reader to the boy's reality: "My dad and I live in an airport. That's because we don't have a home and the airport is better than the streets." As I read this book, I continued to appreciate Bunting's matter- ...more
Apr 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: students at my school
Shelves: picture-books
Tomorrow I'm going to do what I rarely do, which is to read a book to students for the sole purpose of teaching a lesson.

I was with a group of students today that spewed stereotypes about homeless people for a good 20 minutes. They naively asked questions and recalled experiences they've had in encountering homeless people without realizing that in our school, meaning their classmates, we currently have somewhere near 30 homeless students in attendance.

On the plus side, Eve Bunting is a great wr
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Powerful, and not overwhelmingly sad. Not for the littlest ones. A note about further reading would be nice; expect questions.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: This books deals with the issue of homelessness. It is told through the eyes of a young boy named Andrew. Andrew is being raised by his father and they live together in an airport. Trying to remain unnoticed, Andrew tells the reader about his daily life and how it is both similar and different than that of a child with a home. He leaves us with the hope that someday he, like the trapped bird in the window, can flee his current living situation and return home.
Issues: The main issue of t
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a sad but good of happened story. "My dad and I live in an airport> That's because we don't have a home and the airport is better than the streets. We are careful not to get caught." The first page drew me in to read more. A young boy and his father spend their days living in airport. The boy shares tips on how not to get caught. "Don't get noticed." The sit separately not to get caught. The boy watches a bird that flies into the airport and is trapped inside. He compares his life to the ...more
Lauren Castle
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The picture book “Fly Away Home” written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ronald Himler is a book that is clearly designed to introduce children to homelessness. When I first read it, I felt heartbroken for the young boy and his dad who are in a situation where they have to live in an airport. This book highlights the emotions one feels when they are in that situation, ranging from sadness to frustration to hope for a better future.

There wasn’t a dramatic plot line in this book, it followed th
Jackie Douthat
When I first read this book I teared up. It was very sad however, I think this would be a good book to share with students. I would use this book to encourage maybe a service project where the class might think of ways to help others. This would be a great book to teach empathy and encourage students to want to help those in need.
Colby Sharp
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My favorite picture book of all time. I have never not cried while reading it. Today, my fourth graders were completly engrossed in this heartbreaking story of a boy, his dad, an airport, and hope.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, work-reads
What an interesting book. I can't wait to use this to teach my students how to find the author's purpose. This book was so powerful and makes you think about issues you don't always see. ...more
L12_luisespinoza Espinoza
"My dad and I live in an airport. That's because we don't have a home and the airport is better than the streets." This is how this touching picture book opens up. It effectively presents the difficult subject of homelessness and does a wonderful job of doing it in a way that does not oversimplify the subject or imply hopelessness. The story is about a dad and his preschool-age son (although the book does not provide his age)who live in an airport. The story is told in narrative form from the bo ...more
Nov 17, 2017 added it
In life, something bad might happen to you and affect your whole entire life. Well, that's what happened in the book, Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting. The little 6 year old boy and his dad are homeless and they live in an airport, they lost all of their money. This kind of relates to the song Temporary Home by Carrie Underwood when she said, "this is my temporary home, it's not where I belong”. The boy and the dad are resourceful because the dad goes to work, the boy saves his money in his shoe, an ...more
L-Crystal Wlodek
Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fly Away Home is recommended for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. This book is about a homeless boy and his father who live at the airport. They move from terminal to terminal, sitting and sleeping in chairs, washing up in the bathroom, and eating in the food court, hoping not to get caught. They are given hope that they will be able to escape the airport to freedom and live in their own home when they see a trapped bird who finally finds its freedom.

This heartwarming and touching
Catherine Kirk
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Fly Away Home” is a realistic fiction picture book about a homeless boy and his father. The book tells about how they live in an airport, and basically just describes daily life for them: where they sleep and eat, what they wear and how they make money. Although the man has a job, he is clearly still not in a position to buy or rent a home, and the boy discusses his bitterness and sadness over the fact that they have nowhere to live. The story ends on a positive and hopeful note though, as the ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Eve Bunting has an amazing way of discussing life's many experiences and tragedies in sensitive and "kid-friendly" words. Eve Bunting honestly depicts real-life problems, such as homelessness in "Fly Away Home". I decided to read this book because I am familiar with her book "The Wall" in which she tells about the tragedies of war and the lingering loss that occurs after a war is over. One of the best aspects of this story and "The Wall," is how Bunting narrates the story from the perspective of ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This books depicts the stark reality of life for a homeless father and son living at the airport. The story offers a glimpse of hope and shows what lengths the father goes to in order to keep his son safe and with him. Our girls were shocked to learn that people could live this way and it really made us appreciate our home and the lives we lead.

The watercolor illustrations help to convey the anonymity of the father and son in their attempts to merely blend in with the crowd and not be noticed.
Sara Abdulkarim
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
Fly Away Home was one of the most heart-breaking stories I have ever read. This story is from the point of view of a child who, along with his father, was homeless. They explain how they became homeless after the boy’s mother died, showing that they family was not able to live off on only one income. However, the child stayed positive in hoping one day that he will be able to be free. One day the child sees a bird that accidentally flew into the terminal. In the terminal, the bird's wing became ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: homelessness
This book deals with the important issue of homelessness. Instead of the streets, a boy and his father live in the airport where the number one rule is not getting noticed. They dress in all blue, sleep in different terminals each night, and be sure not to sit with other "regulars." During the day, Dad leaves the airport to work while the boy stays with another airport family. The boy does not go to school but Dad says next fall he will figure out a way so he can.
One day the boy followed a bird
I've been meaning to read this picture book for quite some time, but have only just now gotten to it. Wow! Just like all of Eve Bunting's books, this one really grabbed me by the heartstrings. A little boy and his father are homeless and live at the airport. They spend much of their time moving around and trying not to be noticed. The boy relates to a bird that is trapped inside, until it finds a way to fly outside. The story is written from the boy's point of view, and it's very tough to think ...more
Olivia Claire
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Fly away Home is in the eyes of a homeless child living in an airport with his father. This is such a sad and powerful book. As the story goes through the little boy talks about ways not to get caught and other families that are there. The start of the book grabbed my attention as it bluntly states the reality of this boy and his fathers life living in an airport because it’s better than being on the streets. In the book there is bird which is a parallel how the boy feels. The bird being able to ...more
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educ519
The author shares about a boy and his father who live in an airport. The author discusses the importance of going unnoticed so that they will not be caught. The boy is angry and sad because he and his father do not have a house to go home to. Yet the boy is hopeful that he will be like that trapped bird who one day will fly away home.

I am glad the boy was optimistic about his future and still had hope that he would be one day free.
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fly Away Home is a story about this family who lives in an airport because they are homeless.The dad works on the bus and the young boy stays in the airport while his father goes work. A bird finds his way into the airport and gets lost. He eventually finds an open door and flies away. The little boy gets hopes that one day he will find his way out like the bird did. This is a good book to read to children so they can understand hardship.
J L's Bibliomania
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fly Away Home, by Even Bunting, is a well regarded picture book concerning a homeless boy and his father who live in an airport. I love how it portrays a family that is trying to work their way out of a spot of bad luck rather than the sterotype of all homeless people being shiftless and not trying to change their circumstances.
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This is an essential children's book for a class conversation about poverty and homelessness. It encounters the topic in a way that is extremely relatable and appropriate for young children, and could easily springboard to further research, service projects, or civics problem-solving. ...more
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
i liked this story. it was a good story. Its about a kid and his dad live in an airport.And every day they change gates for they wont get caught living in the airport.
Jul 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
A touching story about a homeless family. Good book to use in the classroom to help students understand other people's problems. ...more
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eve Bunting. Enough said.
Yousef F.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nancy Kotkin
A five-year-old boy and his father live in an airport because they are homeless. They wear blue clothes to fit into the crowds, and they avoid sitting with other homeless friends living at the airport so they won't be noticed by the authorities. The father works as a janitor on the weekends, mentions that he is looking for more work, and calls about apartments, though he is not successful in finding one they can afford. The boy carries heavy bags for passengers, in the hope of getting a tip, and ...more
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Bunting, Eve. Fly Away Home. Clarion Books, NY, 1991.
I read this picture book to a first grade classroom and I did not pre-read the book before my Read Aloud time. In my memory, the title Fly Away Home reminded me of the film starring Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin. Well, that film and this book are not related in anyway.
In this story, we learn about a homeless father and son that live in an airport terminal. The story is set during a time before September 11, 2001 because people are able to freel
Ava Welch
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fly Away Home is one of my all time favorite books, it addresses a social issue that is not commonly discussed in picture books. Fly Away Home is a story about a young boy and his father who are homeless and live in various airport terminals. While his father goes out to work, the young boy stays with another family living in the airport and collects change by doing various odd jobs for airport goers. The story is told through the perspective of the young boy which adds a lot of emotion to the t ...more
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The

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