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Willa Bean's Cloud Dreams by Cecilia Galante

Willa Bean's Cloud Dreams

by Cecilia Galante

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The Little Wings series opens with this humorous adventure that introduces a strong-willed fledgling cupid whose mop of messy hair, “million-bajillion” freckles, and purple wings set her apart from her peers. Willa Bean’s unorthodox features don’t bother her a whit (a welcome nod toward embracing difference), but something else does: she’s starting class at Cupid Academy but hasn’t learned how to fly. That Willa Bean will surmount this problem isn’t in doubt, but Galante (The Summer of May) has fun getting there—it’s pretty easy to love a heroine who uses her unruly locks to store her snacks, as well as various treasures she finds in the clouds. The cupids’ cutesy talk (“Nope, nope-ity, nope, nope, nope!”) has a cartoony chirpiness that may test adults’ patience, but Galante’s sense of humor often hits the mark (after being called out for shouting when she has her climactic epiphany, “Willa Bean lowered her voice to a whisper-scream”). Burgeoning solo readers should find it easy to identify with iconoclastic Willa Bean’s foibles, exuberance, and school-day woes. Finished art not seen by PW. Ages 6–9 ( )
  EBurggraf | Jul 6, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375869476, Paperback)

Cecilia Galante, the author of The Patron Saint of Butterflies, makes her Stepping Stones debut with a sweet series about a lovable curly-haired cupid.

Most cupids have soft straight hair, rosy cheeks, and silky white wings. Not Willa Bean! She has a crazy mess of hair, a million-bajillion freckles, and bright purple wings with silver tips. And lately those bright purple wings with silver tips have been giving Willa Bean an awful lot of problems. They won't fly! Cupid Academy is starting soon, and what if she's the only cloudbound cupid there? Nope, nope, nopeity, nope. Willa Bean just has to make her wings behave!

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Willa Bean, who wants to master flying before starting school at Cupid Academy, celebrates her unconventional looks and unique personality, but struggles to accept that cupids learn how to fly at different times.

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