1st August '17
The Yellow Bills was a really charming story about a girl called Mya who is 8 years old and who wants to be a pilot. I read this to my little girl Gracie as it was a little too challenging to read herself. The book is 63 pages long, but that wasn't an issue for us, as Gracie really enjoyed the story and it kept her focus and interest throughout. I would imagine that other 6-8 year olds would love this book, however, if they have a short attention span, I would suggest reading a few pages at a bedtime maybe.
We loved the cover and the beautiful images and illustrations interspersed through the pages. We loved Mya as a character, she is a very empowering female character and one I am happy for my daughter to read about and look to as a role model. Mya defies gender bias and constraints and is very ambitious, which I think are fantastic traits for my daughter to read about. There are also great messages and lessons about friendship and especially unlikely ones, which again are valuable.
Gracie loved the fact that the book was also about animals - in the name of Ducks. She is a huge animal fan so this element really helped to bring the story to life and gave it an extra interest for her. She found the ducks to be really cute, especially Goose the duckling, who she really championed through the story.
I feel this is a fantastic book for young children, especially young girls, it promotes great messages about aiming and achieving your dreams, about being friends with people even thought they may be different to yourself and how you can be anything you want to be in life if you have the determination and right mindset.