When David moved to Fivehills, the first thing he noticed was the sky filled with kites; beautiful, fun kites of all shapes and sizes dancing in the air. Everyone had a kite… except David. His old toys didn’t seem to fit. To make new friends, David would need a kite. Then David found Grandpa’s feather, and Grandpa’s voice echoed in his memory. So, he made a kite of his own. The kite doesn’t seem to be able to join the others high in the sky. All the other children think the kite needs to be different, adding their own ideas, leaving David feeling left out; somehow not enough. Encouraged by Grandpa’s memory, he keeps trying. And soon, something wonderful happens.

With its familiar themes of change, determination and friendship written in lyrical, poetic language, Kites expresses the feelings of a child confronting new beginnings with sensitivity. David’s attempts to design a kite, its failure to fly and David’s success in the end, perfectly echo his attempts at fitting in with these new people. The story clearly demonstrates the importance of memory in moving forward, finding a way. While the words themselves paint the story, it is the illustrations that bring it to life. Bright, bold colours and texture-rich patterns dance across each page in a stunning display of mood and atmosphere, making it an irresistible story to dive into. Told in evocative, flowing voice with illustrations of such richness and charm, this is a story to read, keep and share.