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On the Wings of Heroes
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On the Wings of Heroes
by Richard Peck
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award
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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.

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Songs of World War II
There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere
Songs of World War II

Remember Pearl Harbor

Stardust (Nat King Cole)
When the Lights Go On Again All Over the World
We did it before and we can do it again
Good bye Mama I’m off to Yokohama
Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

World War II
Novel: The War that Saved My Life
Novel: Echo

An Eye-Witness Story
World War II Timeline
The Battlle of Midway
Watch a B-17 Bomber in flight
World War II Bombers
Rationing Shoes
Army Air Force Cadet

Twelve Odd Facts About 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

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can,
only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower

"I 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

"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

"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


You can purchase this 38-page literature guide PLUS a 53-slide interactive quiz and an interactive Jeopardy-type game for
On the Wings of Heroes
for immediate download for only $19.95!

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A 38-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for On the Wings of Heroes is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
The Activity Guide/Lesson Plans Contain:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards;
Anticipation Guide;
15-Second Summaries;
Where in the World, Europe before World War II Map Study;
Europe Today;
2-page Readers’ Theater Introduction;
Dialectical Journal;
The Big6 Research Song to the tune of "Sixteen Tons"
Be the Historian! Researching and Reporting on World War II
Guide to a Research Report
Character Studies;
Timeline for War on the Homefront;
Vocabulary by Chapters;
Pages 1-16, Prediction Questions, Quick Writes, Comprehension Page;
Pages 17-35, Prediction Questions, Quick Writes, Visualizing Page;
Pages 36-51, Prediction Questions, Quick Writes, Crossword Puzzle;
Pages 52-82, Prediction Questions, Quick Writes, Comprehension & Puzzle Pages;
Pages 83-97, Prediction Questions, Quick Writes, Comprehension & Evaluating Figures of Speech Pages;
Pages 101-118, Prediction Questions, Quick Writes, Comprehension & Visualizing the Story, Heroes Composition Pages;
Pages 83-97, Prediction Questions, Quick Writes, Comprehension & Evaluating Figures of Speech Pages;
Pages 121-148 Interactive Quiz;
Answer Pages;
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game;

Final Quiz


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World War II affected me personally. Here my mom reads to my brother and me as she listens for news of my dad who was a sailor on the U.S.S. Lexington. Shortly thereafter, a kamikaze hit the ship, and my daddy was killed. Although I had to grow up without a daddy, he and hundreds of thousands like him made it possible for us to grow up in a safe, free country. Learn about the history from those who experienced it! Some are still alive ... you don't have much time before the only stories you hear will be in the books you read.
Suzy Red