Fly Free: 04/29/12
Fly Free by Roseanne Thong, I heard about from a classmate of mine. It's the story of a young girl who wants enough money to set the caged birds free at the local temple.
One day Mai meets Thu, who enjoys feeding the birds. She tells him of her dream and he sets into motion a series of good deeds that eventually come back to Mai. It teaches the lesson of paying things forward and good karma.
As the book is set in Vietnam, it also gives children an introduction to a part of the world they might be unfamiliar with. It's a much more peaceful look at the country than the books I had in my childhood.
The watercolor illustrations go well with this book's reflective tone. The colors are warm but muted.
The book would go well with Jon Muth's Zen books: Zen Shorts, Zen Ties, and Zen Ghosts.