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Flip, Flap, Fly!: A Book for Babies Everywhere Hardcover – March 10, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763631094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763631093
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K—Despite the subtitle, this book is not just for babies. It's a charming and entertaining easy reader as well. The acrylic illustrations are done in a pastel, springtime palette with soft edges that give the animals and their scenery a happy and safe feeling. The book opens with mother bird teaching her baby to fly "…in the blue, blue sky,/where the wind blows whish./'Look!' cheeps the baby bird./'I see a…/FISH!'" The fish sees a baby snake, the snake sees an otter, and so on. At the end, a baby mouse spots a human child, and all of the youngsters gather around a pond as the toddler exclaims, "Babies everywhere!" This is a sweet book that has a rhythm reminiscent of "Over in the Meadow." The text flows easily from scene to scene, and as each baby is discovered, children can call out the rhyming name, which adds to the level of interaction.—Kate Neff, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
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With the help of their mamas, an array of six baby animals fly, swim, wiggle, and slide in a circular tail-to-tail search to spot other animal babies. The rhyming text pauses before the page turn where the tip of a tail is pictured and the next spread reveals the new creature. For instance: “So mama helps the baby fish, splish, splash, swim through the weeds and the reeds in the green, green lake. ‘Look,’ blurps the baby fish, ‘I see a . . . page turn SNAKE!’” The progression continues, from bird to fish to snake to otter to duck to mouse, and finally to a child, who brings the story full circle by showing that baby animals are everywhere. The soft, warmly hued, acrylic art cheerfully invites young listeners to participate. Ready-made for chubby hands to reach and point and sure to bring requests of “Read it again!” Preschool. --Julie Cummins

More About the Author

Phyllis Root has written many award-winning books for children, including TEN SLEEPY SHEEP, OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY, ONE DUCK STUCK, WHAT BABY WANTS, RATTLETRAP CAR, and BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD, winner of the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award.

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The rhyming of this book is so cute and catchy.
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It's perfect for boys or girls, and I love it so much I've started ordering an extra copy of it to have on hand for baby showers!
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Got this book when our daughter was about 10 months old.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Owen's Mama on May 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
What a darling little gem! We checked this out from the library and I'm back to buy a copy for my kids and a couple of extras for gifts. The rhyming of this book is so cute and catchy. Keeps my 14 month old and 3 1/2 year old interested from start to finish! Love the "spring" feel this book holds. Had I discovered it before Easter, this might have made it's way to their baskets!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ctsmz on March 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book has fast become a favorite of our 18 month old daughter... I would highly recommend it, we love reading it to her with its lyrical lines and sweet story about mama animals helping their little baby animals learn how to move.

The pictures are sweet and touching as is the prose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JACSL on July 12, 2013
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This is a super sweet story that my 15 month old loves. The rhymes are really cute and he loves anticipating them on each page. The pictures are adorable and he loves the part toward the end that talks about the human baby. He has learned to say the name of some of the animals through this book. I have bought this for myself and for friends who loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maine Mom on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Flip, Flap, Fly is one of the best toddler books our family has ever encountered. We bought ours at the local Audubon park and after buying it for my daughter I went back and bought all the rest for my friends' children. My 21 month old picks this book out of her shelf every day to read with us. She likes to call out the animal that will appear on the next page and she runs around kissing the whole family on the mom and baby kisses page. The pictures are very sweet and the story is a pleasure to read over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie on April 10, 2012
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My son just turned 13 months and this has been his favorite book since we received it two months ago. He finds it and brings it to us all the time to read, and often wants to repeat it when we get to the end. The story is not only darling, but lyrical and fun to read aloud. After about a week, my husband and I both had the book memorized, so we will sometimes recite it during diaper changes or bath times, and forget trying to get through only half of it! If we stop after a verse or two, our son will frantically sign "more" and look at us like "Duh, I know that's not the end."

We have three first birthday parties to attend this month, and I purchased this book for all of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By klvd on January 23, 2012
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This is a fabulous book! It is my 13 month old daughter's favorite and it's a great book to help pick out and point at animals. She always leans in for a kiss at the very end - love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Crowley on July 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is such an adorable book. We all (me, my 2 year old girl and my 4 year old boy) just love the sweet illustrations, and the rhymes are fun and have great flow. Each page ends in a "cliff hanger" - "look, quacks the baby duck, I see a...." Both kids love shouting out the next animal. And there is enough detail in the pictures that they stay engaged, over and over. We have read this book at least 20 times. It is time to return it to the library - we aren't able to check it out yet again, or we'd renew it! I'm thinking we're going to just buy it - this book is a treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My son loves this adorable book. We got it when he was five months old, and he was clearly engaged by both the lyrics and the illustrations from day one. It is still his favorite (so much so that I can quote the entire book!), and I love that he kisses whenever I say, "Kiss, says the baby child, kiss kiss kiss!" This is a fun book with a slightly more intricate rhyme scheme than most books targeted for this age group, making it a delight for parents to read aloud.
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