Soar is at first glance a cute rhyming book about a hummingbird scared to fly. But, if you dig deeper it captures a beautiful message about conquering fear. The story is written from the viewpoint of a hummingbird, named Ramone, who is learning how to take his first flight. Ramone is apprehensive about this new task and it takes him some time to gain the courage and confidence to begin. I love how instead of forcing him to do it his mother lets him work through it himself, and plays a supportive and encouraging role. Ramone goes through all the emotions someone has when trying something new. Despite his fear, he tries it out and succeeds!
This book is a perfect lesson on fear and how fear should be addressed for children. It shows that everyone experiences it and that is okay. Ramone’s mom states she was scared when she was learning to fly as well. This is important because it acknowledges fear and demonstrates that it is a normal feeling. The book ends with facts about hummingbirds and conversation starters for families to use the story and apply it to real-life experiences.
Author: Hillary Daecher
Illustrator: Angie Hohendadel
Publisher: Children’s Books (schifferbooks.com)
To pair with the book my daughter created her own hummingbird art!
I was kindly given this book for my honest review but all opinions are my own.