A PAIR OF WINGS
Illustrated by: Anna Wertheim
Published by: Holiday House, 2001
Awards: An American Bookseller's Association "Pick of the Lists" book. Animal Behavior Society Children's Book Award for 2002. A Parents' Choice Recommended Book, Spring 2001.
Copyright © Marilyn Singer 2001

A Pair of Wings

(excerpt)

If you had wings, what kind would they be?

Long and transparent as a dragonfly’s?

Feathery and silent as an owl’s?

Leathery and pointed as a bat’s?

Would you use your wings to soar? To skim? To hover? To swim?

Or would you hardly use them at all?

People have always wanted wings–to travel farther and faster, to ride the skies, to see the world from a brand-new view. We know that animals with wings can do many things other creatures can’t.

They can find food in places other animals can’t get to. They can nest in branches, on cliffs, or near the tops of skyscrapers. They can sleep in trees, on islands, or hanging from the ceilings of caves.

Animals that fly can often escape enemies more easily than those that don’t. Some can even fight off these enemies with their powerful wings.

Despite all these advantages, only three groups of animals have wings: all birds, all bats, and almost all types of insects.