Lower Lab Values Respect – Again!
Wings by Christopher Myers
Every year, Lower Lab Values launches with Respect, a value that we want to keep at the forefront of our school’s social and emotional journey. Therefore, this year’s first book is Wings, which will remind everyone of the importance of having and showing respect for oneself and others, and embracing those who have differences.
Wings, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers, is the story of Ikarus Jackson, a boy who moves to a new neighborhood. Ikarus tries to fit in but he is different. He has wings – big, beautiful wings that allow him to soar. While you may think this is amazing, his schoolmates and neighbors stare and laugh and make unkind remarks about him. At the same time, one student, a very shy girl, who is also picked on by her classmates, admires Ikarus and feels terrible at the way he is being treated. While this story is sad, the end is hopeful, as the girl finds her voice and bravely stands up for the boy who is different.
We can learn and discuss a great deal from this story, and how respect can build friendships, quiet bullies and change people’s opinions. Sharing Wings with children of all ages provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in thoughtful conversations. Some good discussion may be yielded from the following:
- What did Ikarus and the girl have in common? How did they help each other?
- Can you think of a time when you wanted to stand up for something or someone and couldn’t? What made it hard for you?
- Describe a time when you saw someone being bullied or picked on. What did you do? How did that make you feel?
- The name, Ikarus, has significance in Greek mythology. Look up and read the myth, Icarus and Daedalus. Why do you think the author named his character Ikarus?
- What do the wings represent? Why do you think the author chose wings to make Ikarus different? Do you notice any other metaphors in the author’s illustrations?
- Also, you may want to check out the author, Christopher Myers and his father…