Fly Free!

When you do a good deed, it will come back to you Mai loves feeding the caged birds near the temple but dreams that one day she ll see them fly free Then she meets Thu and shares the joy of feeding the birds with her This sets a chain of good deeds in motion that radiates throughout her village and beyond Set in Vietnam, Roseanne Thong s inspiring story is elegantly ilWhen you do a good deed, it will come back to you Mai loves feeding the caged birds near the temple but dreams that one day she ll see them fly free Then she meets Thu and shares the joy of feeding the birds with her This sets a chain of good deeds in motion that radiates throughout her village and beyond Set in Vietnam, Roseanne Thong s inspiring story is elegantly illustrated with watercolor on wood by Eujin Kim Neilan.
Fly Free When you do a good deed it will come back to you Mai loves feeding the caged birds near the temple but dreams that one day she ll see them fly free Then she meets Thu and shares the joy of feeding th

  • Title: Fly Free!
  • Author: Roseanne Thong Eujin Kim Neilan
  • ISBN: 9781590785508
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Fly Free is about Mai, a young girl growing up in Vietnam and learning about the importance of doing good deeds for other people. Mai is in town and sees some birds held captive and she wants nothing more but to free them. She then sees an oxcart driver and gives him water. The oxcart driver then gives a little old lady a ride to town because it was the right thing to do. Eventually, the circle comes back to Mai with people doing good deeds and someone pays for the birds to be set free. I think [...]

    2. Fly Free! Written by Roseanne Thong and illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan is a book about how good deeds get passed around and eventually work their way back to you. A young girl wants birds in a cage to be released but doesn’t have enough money to pay for them. She does a good deed for someone and then they do one for someone else. Eventually the chain of good deeds makes it back to the girl and someone releases the birds for her. The book takes place in Vietnam and in the author’s note, Thon [...]

    3. The book may be based on the Buddhist philosophy of Karma, but the idea of "paying it forward" is also a Christian precept: Luke 6:30-31: "Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you."This story is a good example of "paying it forward" as each person who receives a gift, gives a gift to another person. Each gift meets a specific need of that person. And, of course, Mai's desire to set the sparrows [...]

    4. This book was selected as one of the books for the February 2014 - Kindness discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at . interesting quote:"At once, he understood how good deeds are passed from one person to the next. A wheel of kindness existed in people's hearts. It turned day and night, through cities, villages, and countryside, until it came back to its origin, making a full circle." (p. 29)

    5. My children and I were awed by the gorgeous illustrations. The illustration of the sunset in particular captured our attentionI feel like I want to stare at it over and over is so calming. I love the refrain repeated throughout the book, "When you do a good deed, it will come back to you." I love the circular nature of the story, how each person does a good deed for someone who then pays it forward and finally, a good deed is done for Mai (who started it all) . Nice introduction to Buddhist beli [...]

    6. This story was an honor book for the 2010-11 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. This story was written to teach students the importance of doing good deeds. They learn how Mai's attempt to free the sparrows leads to many good deeds and eventually it returns to her. It's important for our children to learn the importance of this as they go on in life. This book would be good for any student K-3 or even all ages. The fact that there are only a few lines of words and an easy read would be [...]

    7. I loved these beautiful illustrations that accompanied this story of sharing and kindness. Mai's sweet, simple gift is passed on in a lovely tale of how our kind actions help others and may, one day, return to help us.

    8. This would be targeted at a younger audience, grades K-3. The images are very bright and will keep both boys and girls on the edge of their seat because of the wonder if the birds will be set free. APALA Award 2010

    9. Creative, beautifully drawn illustrations help to tell a story of kindness. Told through the actions of people, this book displays a chain of good deeds: telling a message that "when you do a good deed, it will come back to you!" Thus, for young students is weaves an interesting tale, taking place in a foreign land, that will help to teach them the importance of kindness and compassion. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book: not only for it's message of the importance of thoughtfulness and car [...]

    10. A nice story about a girl who wants to free the birds. She does a kind deed, then that person does a kind deed, and it passes on down until it ends up back at the first person. A man comes to pay to free the birds b/c of a kind deed, and thus the girl gets her wish.

    11. What's good about it:FLY FREE! is a book about kindness. A young girl performs various kind acts throughout her day, showing that compassion is within the reach of all of us--no matter what our situation. The artwork is appealing and unique, and paints a nice image of time and place.What's not so good:The imagery that bookends the story is one of people buying birds in a marketplace so they can be re-released--a longstanding Buddhist custom. While the release of these birds is rooted in compassi [...]

    12. Audience: PrimaryGenre: Reality Fiction Asian/Pacific American Award for LiteratureText-to-World ConnectionFly Free! is a story about how one good deed leads to another. In the story, a Vietnamese girl, named Mai, does something nice for another girl. Then, that girl does something nice for a gentlemen. The good deeds continue to be passed on until one day a monk does something nice for Mai. This book exemplifies the Buddhist belief that the effects of doing good deeds will come back to you some [...]

    13. Fly Free!Audience: K-2 and olderGenre: Multicultural picture book, Asian Award: •Asia/Pacific American Award for Literature (APAAL) 2010-2011 Honor Book•The Society of School Librarians International 2010 Honor Book Award in Language Arts-picture books•2011 Notable Books for Global Society ListReview: This is another story that touches my heart! I love reading these types of books to my children when they are young because I want them to emulate the values and actions of kindness performed [...]

    14. Audience: PrimaryGenre: Realistic FictionQuote: "The monk nodded his thanks, his orange robe streaming behind him like the sun's rays. As he walked off, a song drifted on the morning breezeFly free, fly free, in the sky so blue. When you do a good deed, it will come back to you." (pp.22-23)The reason that I chose this quote is because the first sentence has a great description of the monk, and it uses a simile to compare the monk's orange robe with the sun's rays. This first sentence is a good v [...]

    15. Fly Free is a picture book by Roseanne Thong and is illustrated by Enjin Kim Neilan that teaches young children about a couple of the Vietnamese traditions and how they practice Buddhist traditions. There is a young girl named Mai and she starts practicing kindness and good acts because as a Buddhist she believes in karma. Eventually, all of her good acts bring good karma back to her and she receives money from her friend to set some sparrows free at the end of the story, which is a tradition in [...]

    16. I want to talk about the cover of this book first, it is a picture of sun rise, and there are several birds in the view.A little girl was bracing the sun. It really shows the topic which is Fly Free.On the first page, there are an intoduction and a sentence which is "Fly free, fly free, inthe sky so blue. When you do a good deed, it will come back to you" on the dusk jacket.And then on the next page,here is a picture same as the cover. On the first page of the story, there is a spread, and the w [...]

    17. Fly Free by Roseanne Thong is a story about a young named Mai who lives in Vietnam. Every morning Mai looks for the familiar cage of sparrows for sale by the temple and wants to set them free. According to Buddhist tradition, it was a good deed to set an animal free. Mai believes in karma. Throughout the story she practices kindness and at the end of the story it comes back to her because the birds she loves are set free. Kindness is passed from one character to the next starting with Mai, Thur, [...]

    18. Fly Free is a picture book by Roseanne Thong and is illustrated by Enjin Kim Neilan, which educates young children about Buddhist and Vietnamese traditions. One of the characters is Mai, a young girl, who practices Buddhism. She believes in karma so she practices kindness and good acts to fulfill the practice. By the end of the story all of her good acts bring good karma back to her. She receives money from her friend in order to set the sparrows free. Setting the sparrows free is a tradition in [...]

    19. Fly Free is a picture book by Roseanne Thong and is illustrated by Enjin Kim Neilan, which educates young children about Buddhist and Vietnamese traditions. One of the characters is Mai, a young girl, who practices Buddhism. She believes in karma so she practices kindness and good acts to fulfill the practice. By the end of the story all of her good acts bring good karma back to her. She receives money from her friend in order to set the sparrows free. Setting the sparrows free is a tradition in [...]

    20. Fly Free is a picture book by Roseanne Thong and is illustrated by Enjin Kim Neilan, which educates young children about Buddhist and Vietnamese traditions. One of the characters is Mai, a young girl, who practices Buddhism. She believes in karma so she practices kindness and good acts to fulfill the practice. By the end of the story all of her good acts bring good karma back to her. She receives money from her friend in order to set the sparrows free. Setting the sparrows free is a tradition in [...]

    21. Multicultural Book #2 Text to Self: I am a strong believer in karma. I try my hardest to always be kind to others because that is how I want to be treated. “Pay it forward” is a great way to think about this. I’ve been in the drive thru line at Scooters and the person on the other side has paid for my drink. I then paid for the next person in line. It feels good to do nice things for others.Text to Text: I would compare this book to Bear in Love by Daniel Pinkwater. Both of these books sho [...]

    22. Text to Self: This book reminded me of when you do something nice for someone and you are able to share the experience with others such as how it made you feel, what you did and how the other person felt. Then other people want to follow the trend and do something nice for someone or even just being a little more kind to people. In the book the character Thu, gives her shoe to someone that needs them, which reminds me of when I donate my clothing and things to agencies and people in need.Text-to [...]

    23. This story entails how if you do a good deed for another that eventually the cycle of good deeds will make it back to you. The story begins with a girl named Mai who desperately wants to free a group of small birds. She then meets a young lady who gives her shoes to a stranger on the street who had cut her feet. The girl then chants, “ Fly free, fly free, in the sky so blue, when you do a good deed, it will come back to you” (Thong). The saying and good deeds continue throughout the book and [...]

    24. Audience: PrimaryGenre: Realistic FictionQuote: "Fly free, fly free, in the sky so blue. When you do a good deed, it will come back to you!" (this quote was repeated on almost every other page) I not only like the repetition of this quote, but the image of karma that it did invoke. On the second to last page with writing the happy father sees how good deeds make a full circle and a "wheel of kindness existed in people's hearts". I liked the message the first time I read the quote. Flying free ga [...]

    25. This is the touching short story picture book that introduces the young reader to the Buddhist view of karma. Set in Vietnam, a young girl named Mai goes in the morning to the nearby temple to feed a flock of sparrows, which are in a cage with their freedom for sail. She wishes she had the money to pay for the birds’ freedom, despite how much she loves to visit them, because “this was the Buddhist way. To set an animal free was a good deed.” So instead, she feeds them, and goes about her B [...]

    26. Fly Free is a wonderful book for teaching young children about different cultures and religions. The book is set in Vietnam and is about a young girl, Mai, who does a good deed for her friend, Thu. The good deed then spreads across the entire city until one day it returns to her and someone does something nice for her. This book teaches children about Buddhist beliefs (Mai is a Buddhist) and the idea of Karma. It shows that if a person does a good thing, it will eventually come back to them. Thi [...]

    27. Audience: Primary Genre: Reality Fiction Award: Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Text-to-World Connection I chose Fly Free! for the text-to-world connection because the stories main idea is if you do a good deed for another individual than eventually it will turn into a circle of good deeds. It is very positive and can affect individuals in an unbelievable way. After reading the story, the first thing I thought of was the movie Pay It Forward. In our world, there are so many unnoticed [...]

    28. The soft colors in this book's watercolor illustrations encourage readers to pause, reflect, and consider their own actions and possibly become compassionate toward others. Mai is empathetic toward the sparrows who spend their days in a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, and she longs to let them out of their cages so they can fly free as they are intended to do. But since she cannot afford to do so, she feeds them, setting in motion a chain of events that result in the birds' freedom. This is an excel [...]

    29. This book is set in present day Vietnam and follows the wheel of good deeds as one person's random act of kindness influences another and another and another. Some of the sentences are a little long, but for the most part all of the sentences in the book are very simple. One thing I disliked was there were not illustrations on every page. Sometimes, one page would have the text (which was only a couple of sentences) and the illustration would be on the next page. Because of this, I don't know if [...]

    30. Fly Free is a picture book by Roseanne Thong and is illustrated by Enjin Kim Neilan. This book educates young children about Buddhist and Vietnamese traditions.The main character, Mai, practices Buddhism and believes in Karma. Because of this, she practices good acts of kindness in hopes of receiving good things back. For example, in the story she sets the sparrows free, and so she receives money from her friend. One of the major themes in this book is how positive thinking and good acts of kind [...]

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