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Hardcover Details
  • 05/2021
  • 9781734789706
  • 40 pages
  • $17.99
Samuel Narh
Author, Contributor, Service Provider
A Kite for Melia

Picture Book; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

There is beauty in determination and ingenuity. These attributes are evident in Melia, whose friendship and connection with Ginger transcends time. A Kite for Melia delicately deals with the idea of loss and acceptance, using soft words woven with meaning that can be understood by everyone. Melia’s story is a universal one that will bring joy to readers of all ages.
Reviews
In Narh and Narh’s inspiring picture book, a little girl named Melia learns the value of persistence and acceptance. Enjoying a sunny day at the park, Melia sees some older kids flying kites and wishes she had one of her own. She also finds herself missing her dog, Ginger, who used to join her to chase fireflies. When she asks the older kids if she can play with their kites, they tell her to make her own. Stung, Melia heads to the library, ultimately finding an old book on the kite making that “smells like success.” Following these instructions, she constructs a colorful kite with a bow on its tail.

When Melia proudly returns to the park, the older kids tease her once again, cruelly telling her that “a pig with a bow still won’t fly.” With tears in her eyes, Melia bravely keeps trying—and soon the older kids are left speechless as her kite “dances with a rainbow.” Seeing Melia’s tenacity pay off will prompt kids to keep working through difficulties to achieve their own goals. Her success also has another layer of meaning, as she has attached a note to her kite for her beloved Ginger. Kids and adults will find this a touching tribute, particularly if they have faced or are working through their own grief.

Valeria Suria’s detailed, colorful illustrations center on Melia, showing the curly-haired little girl as she visits the park and the library. Both settings feel fully realized, with the sun casting long shadows on the ground as children run along expansive green hills and a variety of people gathered to read, build, and draw at the cozy-looking library. Throughout the story, readers will be rooting for Melia, particularly at this tale’s touching and satisfying conclusion that will leave kids and adults feeling more connected and encouraged.

Takeaway: A little girl named Melia builds a kite and learns the value of persistence and acceptance.

Comparable Titles: Jacqueline Woodson’s The Year We Learned to Fly, Jay Miletsky’s Ricky, the Rock who Couldn’t Roll.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Kirkus Reviews

A Kite for Melia:

A well-told, offbeat story that blends themes of perseverance and healing. --Kirkus Reviews

News
12/28/2023
Chasing A Spider Publishing

A Kite for Melia was selected as one of the best books of 2021 by Kirkus Reviews.

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 05/2021
  • 9781734789706
  • 40 pages
  • $17.99
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