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New publication reminds young readers there’s more than one way to fly

Inspired by daughter’s courage, Sharmila Collins authors a picture book encouraging readers to think creatively about challenges

by Flyaway Books | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — “Binkle’s Time to Fly,” a new picture book about how to approach challenges, is now available.

Ideal for children ages 3-7, the picture book tells the story of a butterfly named Binkle who is born with damaged wings. Though heartbroken at first, Binkle learns that there is more than one way to fly. This charming story reminds readers that although life can present us with unwelcome challenges, inventive alternatives and the support of others can make all the difference.

 “Binkle’s Time to Fly” offers a unique twist on the familiar theme of overcoming adversity through friendship and cooperation. It also includes playful, eye-catching artwork by Carolina Rabei that showcases various animals and insects, including butterflies, silkworms, bees, spiders and birds.

 “Binkle’s Time to Fly” is now available for purchase wherever books are sold.

 About Sharmila Collins

Sharmila Collins was inspired to write this story by the bravery of her daughter and other children who face ongoing medical challenges. She is the founder of Cure EB, a charity dedicated to researching her daughter’s rare skin disease. Originally from Sri Lanka, she lives in the United Kingdom.

 About Carolina Rabei

Carolina Rabei graduated with distinction from the Cambridge School of Art and has been honored with a Kate Greenaway Medal nomination. Her unique style employs traditional and digital techniques. She began her artistic pursuits in her home country of Moldova and now lives in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

 About Flyaway Books

Flyaway Books is a picture book program dedicated to themes of diversity, inclusivity, compassion, and kindness. Visit for more information.

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