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Flap Your Wings and Try Hardcover – July, 1989

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PreSchool-- In short rhymed text, a baby bird wonders when he will learn to fly. His parents reassure him, but his sister urges, "Why don't you try,/ Flap your wings and try./ So I flap my wings and try,/ And soon I'm in the sky!" The young bird then meets another fledgling and encourages her to join him. The brief text, in large print, carries a lilting rhyme, lulling enough to serve as a bedtime read-aloud for a toddler. Tafuri has painted the rocks and beaches of a seashore, and has contrasted the bright blue ocean and the blue-washed sky (which serve as background) with the earthy brown, black, and white of a young seagull and a tern, the gray of the rocks, and the green of the tall grasses. Each object in her two-page watercolor scenes is outlined in black, creating her familiar graphic-like effect. These simple, bold illustrations have tremendous eye appeal, but they do not compensate for the blandness of the text, nor for the lack of correct punctuation (question marks, quotation marks). Although Pomerantz is not at her best here, the book will suffice in collections in which toddler fare is in high demand. --Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow; 1st edition (July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688080197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688080198
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,228,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte Pomerantz was born in Brooklyn, NY; she and her husband raised their two children in Manhattan. Charlotte has had stories, poems, and articles in anthologies, in Publishers Weekly and The New York Times Book Review. She is coauthor of a book and lyrics for a musical, EUREKA!, performed at the Bruce Walt Auditorium at Lincoln Center.

▪ POSY received a Christopher Award and was named a Junior Literary Guild selection.
▪ THE MOUSERY won the Christopher Award.
▪ THE HALF-BIRTHDAY PARTY and THE MANGO TOOTH were Junior Literary Guild selections.
▪ TAMARINDO PUPPY was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association and a Reading Rainbow Book.
▪ IF I HAD A PAKA was cited as an Honor Book in the Jane Addams Children's Book Awards.
▪ THE PRINCESS AND THE ADMIRAL won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.
▪ THE DAY THEY PARACHUTED CATS ON BORNEO was chosen for the International Board on Books for Young People for the International Year of the Child.
▪ HOW MANY TRUCKS CAN A TOW TRUCK TOW won the Children's Book of the Year Award, Library of Congress.
▪ PIGGY IN THE PUDDLE won the New York Times Outstanding Picture Book of the Year.

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By BAGS VINE VOICE on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is written for beginning readers, but it's written like a poem, not prose, which was confusing for my beginning readers. For example, it asks things like "Why can't I, can't I." So, 1st, beginning readers haven't learned to read contractions yet. 2nd, there's a period instead of a question mark. 3rd, it repeats "can't I" like you might do in a poem, but not in prose. It also repeats "by and by and by" on several pages. Then the child who's trying to read this asks you "What does by and by mean?"

Strange and confusing for a beginning reader.
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A Kid's Review on October 7, 2004
Format: Library Binding
I read this book nonstop as a small child. It was my favorite book and I checked it out of the library and renewed it every single time for two years at least. I don't know why I liked it so much but I do know this book is amazing. I am fifteen years old and I think this book is wonderful for childhood development. I wish it wasn't out of print.
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