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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A big red kite with a strong frame and a proud tail lives in the window of a toy store. It hopes that someone will take it home in The Kite and the Boy by Aaron Duffy. A little boy sees the kite and marvels at its strong frame and proud tail. He spends every penny he has to buy it. Once he reaches home, the boy puts his initials on the kite so that everyone will know it is his. The kite climbs, loops, spins, and turns with the help of the boy and enjoys it. The boy loves the kite and vice versa. The kite wants to fly higher than the birds, but the boy does not let it do that. The kite forgets the boy's love for him and begins to hate the string. It decides to break the string so that it can fly above the birds. What happens when the kite breaks free from its string? Read the story to find out!
It is a wonderful story of friendship and forgiveness, and the author makes the concept come alive with the help of the boy and the kite and some beautiful illustrations. I also like the way in which the author gives the kite a personality of its own. The illustrations give a good pace and movement to the scenes. The story is ideal for bedtime storytelling and teachers and educators can use it to read aloud and help their students understand what love, friendship, and forgiveness mean. What a good way to make children understand these lovely concepts, messages, and emotions!