Always Fly Away
As I leave home I hear my mom say,
“When you don’t know what to do, Always Fly Away.”
Always Fly Away is written in rhyming verse and tells the story from the perspective of a young bird named Stella. She leaves home to meet a friend by the creek, and there she is greeted by a kind-looking cat. The cat seems gentle and asks for Stella’s help, but Stella remembers the advice her mother gives her every time she goes out, “Do not go with strangers: always fly away!” Stella must keep her distance, stay alert, and fly away in order to escape the cat before he shows his true intentions.
Always Fly Away teaches children important lessons about who a stranger is—it does not matter what they look like, a stranger is someone a parent or guardian has not introduced to you. Not only does the story teach child safety through the example of a lovable protagonist, but it also contains questions and instructions at the end of the book to review with the child reading it.
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