You have learned about World War II. You know that Germany, England, Italy, France, the USA, Russia, and Japan were in the war. Do you remember which sides they took? Which of the countries were called Allies? Which were in the Axis? Do you remember why the USA declared war? You understand why the American soldiers left their country, their families, and their friends to risk their lives to stop the enemy in Europe, but do you know what was happening in the United States during World War II?
On the Wings of Heroes is a story that blossoms from the home front during World War II and focuses on the family of Davy Bowman. How did Davy's life change as the war crept closer? Did his dad still play hide-and-seek with him and the neighborhood kids? Did his mom still make big yummy birthday cakes? Did his neighbors still tell ghost stories? Did his brother ride on a parade float or in the cockpit of a B-17 Flying Fortress?
Through the eyes of Davy Bowman, you will become part of the early 1940s, the rationing, the Victory gardens, paper drives, growing toes squeezed into too-small shoes, Halloween pranks, blackouts, ghost stories, knickers, and all the things your great-grandparents remember well. After you read On the Wings of Heroes, you will want to hear their stories again!
Author Richard Peck writes with the authority, experience, and emotion of one who lived during World War II. When he was 19, in 1953, he joined U.S. Marine Corps and became their youngest officer and pilot. But this author credits his experience as a teacher as the catalyst for his great popularity among readers. "Ironically, it was my students who taught me to be a writer, though I had been hired to teach them," he said in a speech published in Arkansas Libraries. "They taught me that a novel must entertain first before it can be anything else. I learned that there is no such thing as a 'grade reading level'; a young person's 'reading level' and attention span will rise and fall according to his degree of interest. I learned that if you do not have a happy ending for the young, you had better do some fast talking." You will find On the Wings of Heroes to be one of his most popular books for all grade levels and your parents, too. It is a story of silly childhood fun, families growing and sacrificing together, Americans standing strong through frightening times, and finding a deeper love of country.
Teachers who want students to enjoy the very best of historical fiction that invites readers into history through a touching story will make the home front of World War II memorable. They will use his playful language and vivid descriptions to become favorite models for students' writing.
The 38-page Kids Wings literature guide and Jeopardy-like interactive game for On the Wings of Heroes provide multiple layers of activities, group projects, skill building, and research into historic events that provides strength to grow young Americans.
of World War II
Quotes to memorize:
"If my neighbor's house catches fire and I know that fire will spread to my house unless it is put out, and I am watering the grass in my back yard, and I don't pass my garden hose over the fence to my neighbor, I am a fool." President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a White House advisor, June 1940
"There is no substitute for victory." General Douglas MacArthur
must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in
blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends.
hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can,
fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a
terrible resolve." Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, upon
learning of the success of the attack on Pearl Harbor
"If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." Samuel Adams Quote, 1776
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