Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
Doors in the Air is the story of a boy who is fascinated by doors. He marvels at how stepping through a doorway can take him from one world to another. He is especially enthralled by the doors of his imagination, which he refers to as "doors in the air." He delights in discovering that when he passes through these doors, he leaves behind all feelings of boredom, fear and unpleasantness.
Doors in the Air is a lilting journey through house doors, dream doors and, best of all, doors in the air.
About the authors
David Weale is a folk historian and a popular storyteller and stage performer. He has written thirteen books, four of which are for children. David co-created and wrote The True Meaning of Crumbfest, an animated Christmas special for children, seen in more than twenty-five countries around the world, as well as Eckhart, an animated TV series for children. He is the father of five children and presently lives with his dog, Breaker, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books starred selection
Excerpt: Doors in the Air Read-Along (by (author) David Weale; illustrated by Pierre Pratt; read by Iambik Productions)
That's all I know
Look for the doors
Wherever you go
Just close your eyes tight
And reach out your hand
Then slip through a door
To a faraway land
"Painted in a cartoon, stylized manner, Pratt's bright acrylic spreads delight with vivid greens, reds, and blues."
School Library Journal
"Featuring a palette of rich reds, blues, and greens, many of Pratt's bright, double-page illustrations change scenarios with a flip of the page...The intrepid boy striding through one doorway after the next, with a friendly looking, long-necked bird in tow, just might inspire readers to start exploring their own worlds of fantasy."
"A wonderful book that embraces a child's imagination...The illustrations are vivid and full of life."
Tacoma School District #10
"Young readers...will enjoy seeing the fun ways children can use their imagination."
"A reflection on the richness that our imagination can bring to our lives. Illustrations in bright colors by international award-winning Pierre Pratt draw in the reader, and each page is filled with a fascinating variety of funky objects sure to incite lively discussion between reader and listener."
Montreal Review of Books
"Surreal in its effect, this celebration of the creative mind encourages young readers and listeners to open doors of their own."
"This enchanting book...rejoice[s] in the imagination of a little boy and his capacity to see a world abounding in wonders."
"The illustrations are bright and colorful, and add much to the story, although it might be fun to read it to a group of students without the pictures, and have them write and draw their own ideas of what they might see through a door."
Tucson Unified School District
"Written in Seussian rhyming couplets...[and] employing alliteration that makes reading it aloud a pleasure...Doors in the Air is a fantastical triumph, celebrating the spaces in which the ordinary and the extraordinary intersect."
Quill & Quire
"An absolutely beautiful book. The illustrations are done in acrylics in bold, vivid colors, that really catch your eye. The story itself is written in rhyme. Children would be able to relate to the story using their imaginations to experience what the boy in the story is feeling. This would be a great book for story times or classroom use."
Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries (SWON)
"Pratt has contributed striking acrylic illustrations in vibrant shades. His plants and birds are exotic, his architectural detail unusual...Sure to be a hit at a storytime about expanding boundaries."