Wings of Fire Books: A Review for Parents | mother advisory line (2023)

I read the first five Wings of Fire books (written by Tui T. Sutherland) out loud to my children this year. I have three children and most of the time I read the books to the older children (ages 5 and 7 at the time of writing this post), although my daughter (age 2) is often in the room.

I don't mind if she skips while we read, as I think listening to books is generally good for her, even if she's obviously not paying attention.

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For context, I usually read more advanced/mature books aloud to my children. I try to challenge them with books often, rather than assuming they can't understand more complex language or that adult language won't pique their interest. In the last 12 months, these are some examples of books I have read to my children:

  • a fold in time
  • Stuart Little (Original)
  • Doctor Doolittle (Original)
  • holes
  • Robin Hood (Original)
  • oh hobbit
  • The Odyssey (short version)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • the gray king
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Charlotte's web
  • the black stallion
  • the thief lord
  • Todo Roald Dahl
  • Dragon Rider (and Dragon Rider 2)
  • Harry Potter (1 y 2)
  • Where the red fern grows

I will also admit to ruthlessly editing language or some words when I think it makes sense. While I believe that complex language is important for my children's growing vocabulary, there are some words that I am not ready to use.

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I also admit to editing or simplifying heavy/adult text (eg, parts of the book dealing with death, violence, blood). I felt the need to do this a bit.when I recently read Holes (by Louis Sacher) to my children. It's not that I think they couldn't get the point across, but because my youngest son tends to get distracted from the story by the bad stuff. And a lynching was not something I wanted to explain three minutes before I went to bed.

I also leave out books that are important to them, but I think they can wait, like the adventures of Tom Sawyer and also Huckleberry Finn.

Wings of Fire review: What ages is this series suitable for?

If you're not familiar with this series, here's a brief synopsis of the premise:

  • This is a world of dragons (not humans)
  • There are different types of dragons and the world is divided according to the different types (they live with their kind)
  • One of the dragon species is at war over who should rule.
  • This war affects all other Dragon Kingdoms who must choose sides.
  • There is a prophecy that a handful of young dragons, drawn from their separate kingdoms before the outbreak, will end the war.

In the books (13 as of this writing), the Dragonets of Destiny (as they are called in the books) travel from country to country trying to find their parents and figure out what exactly they need to do to stop the war. ending.

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Okay, now that you know what the books are about, let's talk about whether they are appropriate for younger children. One of the reasons I read these books aloud to my children (instead of handing them over, since both of my children are capable of reading chapter books) is so that I can make decisions as we go through the book about what to read. which is appropriate. for them to listen. .

The language of these books is not overly complex or difficult to understand. Children up to 4 years old can follow it well.

There is a lot of action in these books, a lot of moving, hiding, searching, swimming, flying, chasing and fighting. There are many characters and constant movement. This definitely helps to appeal to younger children who may have a hard time sitting in dense sections of conversation. The Ky kids sometimes asked me to read on because they couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.

BUT. This is the main thing that I did not like. I don't mind the fights. But I disagree and disagree with some of the descriptions of injuries and deaths from other dragons or enemies. In some cases, it was quite explicit, such as the description of a broken neck, blood, and the placement of the dead dragon's carcass on the ground.

During these scenes, I thought it appropriate to omit or heavily edit the writing. I don't mind reading to children about fighting or even death. Death is something we all have to work through and deal with, so I'm not trying to hide it from the kids.

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But for the younger kids (9-10 years old) I found the death scenes too much for my liking.

Not all parents will agree with me on the subject of violence and fighting, but for me it was a starting point and one of the main reasons I decided not to read the Wings of Fire series for kids after Book 5.

Another reason for the cancellation of the series? To be honest, I got a bit bored reading the book to the kids. Each book was a little more than what we had read before. While that might have been fine with the kids, it just didn't hold my attention that much.

So we keep going.

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In summary, I think the Wings of Fire books are great to read with younger children, as long as they are aware of the fighting/violence in the text. The violence/gore is why I recommend kids be a bit older before being given books to read on their own, maybe around 9-10 years old.

Have you read any of the Wings of Fire books in the series? I would love to know what you think of them. Let us know in the comments section.

If you have any questions about reading these books for younger children, please leave them in the comments. I am happy to answer if I can.

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Emily Anderson is the mother of three children, all under the age of 10. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Emily is a blogger and mom who jumps in front of her computer when the kids are sleeping. She started this blog in April 2019 and is proud that the blog is paying off. If you want to know more about her trajectory as a blogger, seedigital personal diary your contributionabout failure on the road to blog success.

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