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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Charlie, the bird with no wings in The Wingless Bird by Detrick C. Greene and Dennis E. Pritchett Sr. He lived in a forest called the Greenwood with his mom, who had had five small baby birds. Each one had a different personality; Gabby was sassy, Shelley was a mess, Goldie was silly and she made everyone laugh, Sam loved crowns, and Charlie loved to sing. One sad and gloomy day, Charlie's family flew away to escape from the rain and storm. Charlie was left alone and whenever he missed his family he would sing a song. One day an unfriendly flock comes and makes fun of Charlie and so he decides to give flying a try. Will he succeed?
The story has a beautiful message for young readers and will encourage them to be happy with the things they have in life instead of wishing for something else. It is a story about self- acceptance and making full use of the unique gifts each one of us has. The rhyming verses and colorful illustrations breathe life into the story and bring it alive for readers. Charlie's character is uplifting and motivating, and it is heartwarming to see how he rises above his insecurities and celebrates his differences. It is a good book to read out loud in classrooms and at home. The message is motivating and the book will also encourage young readers to try their hand at writing rhyming verses. Storybooks like this are a must-read for children because of their good messages.