Title: Flight of the Mite | Author: Grayson Smith | Illustrator: Alana Kyle | Publication Date: 2013 | Publisher: Peppermint Toast Publishing: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Information About The Book: A tale of wonder and imagination, Flight of the Mite is a children’s read-aloud picture book, written by Grayson Smith and illustrated by Alana Kyle. As a tiny mite stares in wonder at the nighttime stars, she becomes certain that if she were only able to travel to them, she would meet a world of wondrous creatures. She determines to build a flying contraption, and through persistence, ingenuity, and wise counsel, journeys to the nearest star. There she encounters the Others of her dreams and finds herself on an adventure where she learns that her imagination is her most important tool! This story of imagination, courage, and determination is perfect for the little mite in your life! Flight of the Mite is the first book published by the independent small press, Peppermint Toast Publishing, out of New Westminster, British Columbia. Peppermint Toast Publishing strives to work with emerging authors and artists towards the high-quality and environmentally-friendly publication of children’s picture books and literature, in profit-sharing partnership with local charitable organizations.
Peppermint Toast Publishing is happy to be contributing $3 from the sales for each copy of Flight of the Mite sold, going to help sick kids get better at BC Children’s Hospital. Visit their Online Store to purchase your copy!
1. What is the book about? The book is about a mite who thinks there are worlds in the stars. She finds an ancient mite who tells her how to get to the worlds in the stars. She then finds a world in the stars.
2. What do you think of the book cover and the images inside the book? I like the pictures and the cover. I liked the pictures of when she goes to the other world. I like what the fairies look like.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book? My favorite part of the book is when the little mite goes to the other world and finds butterflies and fairies because it was creative.
4. What are some of the things you learned from the book? I learned that imagination is important and that when you can’t see, you have to use your other senses like smell, taste, and hearing.
5. Overall, what did you think about the book? I really liked it. The pictures were really nice.
6. Who do you think would like this book? I think kids under the age of 8 would like this book, especially girls.
My Thoughts: Flight of the Mite is a delightful tale filled with whimsy and imagination. The “wee little mite” is filled with wonder as she gazes out into the star-filled night sky. “I wonder what could be up there?” she ponders as she dreams of fantastical worlds. Not to be deterred in her desire to explore the unknown, she meets by chance an old mite who shows her how dandelion seeds can blow her to new worlds. Drifting on a strong wind, she travels to a distant land where she meets some very special “Others” who teach her that imagination is the greatest gift one can have.
Flight of the Mite is a beautiful rhyming picture book featuring an adorable little mite who dreams big as the main character. How often do we look up at the night sky and feel so small in such a large universe? This is how the little mite is introduced. And regardless of how small she may feel, the little mite does not give up in trying to journey into the sky and beyond. Through her determination, she does succeed – an important life lesson which needs to be reinforced in children.
I loved how this cute little mite wonders what is beyond what she can see and how the author weaves this theme into the story with the blind fairies. I love this sense of wonder in children. While being asked a hundred questions a day can be exhausting (e.g., Why is the sky blue? Why do leaves fall of the trees in autumn? What lives at the bottom of the ocean? and so on), I do believe nurturing a child’s natural sense of wonder and imagination is important. It is only through asking those questions, imagining the possibilities, and exploring our world that we can continue to make incredible discoveries about our world. I really appreciated the underlying message regarding the importance of nurturing a child’s imagination.
This picture book contains some of the most beautiful, detailed illustrations I’ve seen recently. The illustrator, Alana Kyle did an amazing job of capturing the perspective of the little mite with the giant dandelions, tall grasses, and the big sky; as well as the beauty and magic of the Others and their world. Children will love flipping through the pages just taking in the gorgeous illustrations.
In terms of the story, the book does feature rhyming text and I thought the author did an outstanding job with rhyme and meter. I did not stumble over words even in my first reading of the book. The author does a great job weaving a magical tale and my only comment is that the text is quite lengthy in some spots. For example, some pages have three verses and many have two verses ; therefore, I would be concerned that some younger children may not be able to maintain their focus. However, given the beauty and detail of the illustrations, this may not be an issue at all.
My Bottom Line: Flight of the Mite is a delightful, rhyming picture book featuring an adorable little mite who dreams big as the main character; a magical story underscoring the importance of imagination in children’s development; and absolutely gorgeous and whimsical illustrations. I highly recommend this book to children ages 3 to 8 and I think it would be a great choice for reading aloud to children in a classroom or library setting.
NOTE: Peppermint Toast Publishing is very proud to be in partnership with BC Children’s Hospital, and will be donating $3 for every copy of Flight of the Mite sold. Visit their Online Store to purchase your copy!
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. The author is participating in our Book Promotion Services. *
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“This is our new favourite story to read and will be a book that we will be keeping to pass down to future member of our family.” ~ Raincity Parent
“This wonderful piece of children’s literature is well crafted and appropriate for children and adults, the message is clear, embrace diversity, ones weakness may actually be strength. The most interesting and entertaining part is that there is a consistent rhythm and rhyme to the story, keeping the powerful message light and playful.” ~ Active Lee Dadding
” I have read the sweetest story!…The combination of these two talents [i.e., the author and illustrator] working together has left us with a sweet rhyming story about a little mites big imagination.” ~ Moments in Mommyland
“I recently received a new children’s book to review called Flight of the Mite. So of course I went to the best critic in the house – my 4 year old son[…]. We sat down to read the story together and discovered a delightful tale about imagination and discovery… The illustrations are delightful and [my son] insisted that we stop to discuss some of them along the way. There was more than one “wow!” over a picture of the mite climbing a dandelion.” ~ Prenatal to Parenting
About the Author: Grayson Smith
Grayson Smith was born in Alberta, but attended a boarding school in Germany for 11 years. After high school, he attended SFU, where he obtained a degree in Criminology and met his beautiful wife, Linda. Throughout university, Grayson wrote stories when he should have been paying attention in class. After completing his degree, he became a police officer, and still enjoys that job thoroughly. As of 2012, Grayson gets to re-envision the world through the eyes of his baby son, Josiah. Writing is a wonderful way for Grayson to express the silliness and vagary that simmers beneath his well-practiced outer layer of respectability and professionalism.
About the Illustrator: Alana Kyle
Alana Kyle was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. As a small child, she was sweet, quiet, and frequently lost inside her own head. Ever since she was young, she was motivated by her love of artistic creativity and attention to detail, and remains captivated by storybooks and imagination. Alana attended and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and also obtained a three-year diploma of Illustration and Design from Capilano University. She works as an illustrator and graphic designer, and lives in Coquitlam.
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