Falcon by Tim Jessell (Random House, 2012) brings to life a dream many share: what would it be like to fly. In Tim Jessell’s lavishly illustrated paintings, the reader sees a falcon soaring over the waves, the mountains, and then the tall buildings of a city. In his story, a young boy dreams that he is the falcon soaring everywhere.
I must admit that when I was a child, I regularly dreamed that I had the ability to fly. I was not a bird, but I did have the magical ability to rise above the buildings and trees. As I read Jessell’s picture book, I felt like I was in one of those dreams again, soaring above the buildings. I like how the boy in the story dreams he is amazing other people with his feats. It gave him a reason to be proud of himself as a falcon.
The author’s biography mentions that he is a falconer, and I was all the more impressed with the story when I realized the author was so intimately acquainted with what falcons actually can do with their flying.
I also wrote about Falcon by Tim Jessell (Random House, 2012) on my other blog.