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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Fright or Flight by Shawn Lee Revis is the inspiring story of a rare breed of a bird. Pewy Lewy Lucy is a rare bird whose father is a duck and whose mother is a turkey, "so she waddled, and she gobbled, and she fluttered along..." This bird can do a lot, and she is not scared of lions, not scared to cross the street, not scared of the dark, not even scared to cross water. Yet she has one great fear: heights. She is afraid to fly and that is the one thing she wants to do, at least for her parents. Then the moment comes when she decides, in spite of herself, to confront her deepest fear. Brought to the very top of the mountain, she drops, and as she feels the air, a miracle happens. Her fear dissipates as she surrenders to the currents. She flies! She does the one thing she is meant to do, the one thing she has always dreaded.
This is a simple story, written for kids, but one with a powerful lesson for grownups. I found myself in this character as I remembered those moments when I have had to confront my vulnerable fragility, afraid I might be different from others. The message of this book is succinctly communicated in the dedication: "Never let fear blind you of passion, and never grow tired of self-expression. Even though two people may be alike, never forget to live your own unique life. Don’t be afraid to fly." This is a short, beautifully illustrated story that is filled with symbolism and that carries a life-changing message. You won't waste your money on this book and it is one of those stories that are most suitable for inspirational discussions. It answers the question: How do you overcome your greatest fear?