Ruth Krauss and Mary Blair's I Can Fly won awards upon its first publication in 1951 and has not lost an iota of its charm. The first pages open to a girl standing on a swing, sailing high in the sky next to a bird whose feathers match her dress: "A bird can fly./ So can I." She can moo like a cow, grab like a crab, be merrier than a terrier, and pick, pick, pick like a little chick. Krauss's simple verses capture a child at play and provide wonderful rhythms for a lively, interactive read-aloud session: "Crunch crunch crunch/ I'm a goat out to lunch," Blair's playful illustrations are as exuberant as the story-poem, with their gorgeous (truly '50s!) palette and bold compositions that cleverly juxtapose the girl with her pretend animal playmates, page by page. Arms outstretched on the loops in the playground, the girl looks just like the crab with its grabby claws; eating celery at the table she mimics the goat eating flowers outside the front door. Young children will revel in the young girl's splendidly confident outlook:"Gubble gubble gubble/ I'm a mubble in a pubble./ I can play/ I'm anything that's anything./ That's MY way." We welcome this timeless classic back into print with open arms, much like an octopus might. (Baby to preschool) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A bird can fly.
So can I.
A cow can moo.
I can, too.
So begins the simple, delightful rhyme by Ruth Krauss that both celebrates and encourages a child?s imagination. Mary Blair?s vibrant artwork, found in the Golden Books archives and newly scanned, looks as fresh as it did 50 years ago.
This was a wonderful book when first published. But lots of it is missing from this edition, including my favorite pages, "Munch, munch, munch I'm a goat out to lunch. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B.G.
A hymn to the virtues of playing make believe. The little heroine projects herself into a series of animal roles, stretching, running and jumping. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caballero del febo
Such a sweet story, that encourages imaginative play and individuality! Beautiful art, and an easy read for beginners! A beautiful addition to our bookshelf!Published 6 months ago by Adam Letteer
Love this story and the art work is wonderful. My 20 month daughter loves the story and has much of it memorized. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gking
My 1-year-old and I agree that everything about this book is delightful!!Published 8 months ago by Marcia Wohl