Lexile® measure: 450L
Guided Reading: M
Genre/Theme: Realistic Fiction
Topics: Parents, Homelessness and Poverty
Summary: “Fly Away Home” by Even Bunting, is a story about a homeless father and a son who live in an airport, moving from terminal to terminal day and night, trying to stay unnoticed. During a story, the boy experiences emotions of fear, sadness, but mostly hope due to a little brown bird who “flies away home” after being stuck in the terminal for a while.
The Scholastic has given this book an interest level of K-2, but this story is likely to be more appropriate for students in grades 3 & 4. Homelessness, especially homelessness of children and families is a growing problem and breaking common stereotypes against homeless people will teach both critical thinking and compassion.
For “Fly Away Home” Lesson Plan – Grades 4 & Up
go to: http://tinyurl.com/6q4j9fb