Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind

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Release Date: 
November 12, 2012
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“Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind is an impeccably written book challenging the limitations of writing in verse.”

Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind is about the life of a pretty ordinary boy, But when a huge wind blows past his window one night, he feels the call of adventure—and can’t resist the urge to grab his bed sheet and catch a ride.

Soon he’s soaring far above his little town, heading wherever the wind takes him. After spending time on an island full of pleasure-seeking pirates and at a prep school that boasts a hundred shades of gray, Bart finds himself in a mysterious cove where the wind doesn’t blow. Stuck, Bart is forced to face the fact that his flying days might be over.

Will he ever get home again?

This is a wonderful story about a boy’s dream to see the world. When he does, he realizes there is no better place than home, yet in one’s life there is always room for adventure.

Among many lessons in this story, there is one that really stands out. As parents often do, they hold onto their children and keep them close, but there are times when a tightened grip needs to loosen to allow the child to grow, because when they are ready, children will soar—maybe not via a bed sheet like Bart—but certainly to the limits only of their imaginations.

Children will love this meaningful, 96-page, beautifully illustrated picture book, which must be one of the longest rhyming narratives ever seamlessly written.