Fly Away Free by Anne Turner Coppola

March 6, 2019

By Amelia Miller

I love children’s books. I always have. I think it makes an enormous difference in anyone’s point of life. I’ve also always wanted to inspire a love of reading in my children. The good news is, so far, we are on track. She is young but right now she adores books. Now the goal is to find the best books for her and something that she’ll like. So, I was sure glad when my kid loves this book. Ever since I bought it, she’s read it multiple times now. And she even shared it to her friends, classmates, and cousins.

The story begins when Tessie Farrell, an older woman living in South Florida, is walking her dog and saves the life of a baby osprey whose parents are killed by three young boys. After rescuing the baby osprey from certain death, Tessie finds herself worn out. Lying down to rest, she is mysteriously transported in time and space and re-experiences a time in her childhood when she endured the emotional struggles of learning she was adopted. Her classmates make fun of her as she flounders to comprehend why she was unwanted by her biological parents. While Tessie drifts into her fantasy world with Dolly, a horse she adopts as her pet horse, she meets and makes friends with an older woman, Maudie, who will play a major role in helping Tessie find herself as she discovers to embrace who she is and to find acceptance by those around her. This is a story of self-discovery, bravery, and love, and a young girl's challenges to vanquish the suffering of being adopted.

Although the book is focused on a young girl who still has much to know about the world, it’s an intricate story filled with lovable characters and pets. The book is a quick fun read, but it will also endow you with a warm feeling in your heart. The book accentuates soul-stirring subjects like acceptance and letting go of the ones you love. I often found myself pinned down in the story as I was reading. Anyone will cherish this book, from children to adults, whether or not they have experiences related to adoption. I would definitely recommend Fly Away Free to all the parents who want their child to learn values in a fun way. I would really like to encourage everyone to read this. It is well-written and shows strong matters of love, loss and finding healing. 

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