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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (January 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844285170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844285174
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–Young Katie, who is "feeling gray," gazes at a colorful painting on the wall and decides that it looks "like a much better place to be." To cheer herself up, she puts on bright clothing, starting with a green hat, then yellow tights, blue shoes, and a pink dress. The more color she adds, the bigger her smile becomes. Next, she puts on red lipstick, paints her face blue to match her shoes, and paints orange stripes on her arms. Suddenly, something magical happens. Katie sprouts wings and flies into the painting, where she spends her afternoon frolicking with the colorful birds, until reassuringly, "…it was time to fly home for her bath!" The mixed-media illustrations perfectly capture Katie's transformation from a totally gray-outlined figure to a brightly hued creature with patterned feathers. The action is neatly contained within gray lined rectangles until Katie's transformation, when splashes of color push their way into the cream-colored borders. As she enters the painting, the illustrations become full bleed, conveying a sense of freedom and action. Told at just the right pace, this whimsical story presents a gentle reminder of the power of a child's imagination. The large text and brief sentences invite beginning readers along for the adventure.–Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
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PreS-Gr. 1. When young Katie gets up she's feeling gray--literally--but that changes after she decides to put color back in her life. First, it's a green hat, then yellow tights, blue shoes, and pink dress. But that's not enough for Katie. Her lips are painted a shiny red; her face is colored blue like her shoes. Orange stripes are brushed on her arms, and there's purple paint on her nails. Once all the colors dry, they turn "flighty" and "fizzling" until Katie erupts out of the whirlwind as a bird in full plumage, frolicking with the birds until it's time to fly home for her bath. Children will be engaged by the artwork--neatly framed pictures that eventually burst into a mixed-media multihued whirl full of stars and small wheels. The cover art, featuring Katie with lusciously colored wings, gives a hint of what is to come. Ilene Cooper
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More About the Author

Polly Dunbar graduated from Brighton Art School in 1999 where she studied illustration. Polly still lives and works in Brighton. Author and illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue and Flyaway Katie. Polly is the daughter of the distinguished author Joyce Dunbar who she collaborated with on the picture book Shoe Baby. She is the illustrator of My Dad's a Birdman and The boy who climbed into the Moon, both written by David Almond. Polly also illustrated Here's a Little Poem, an anthology of poems for very young children. Her best selling book Penguin won the Nestle Silver award 2007, The Book trust early Years award 2007, The Red house award 2008 and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Polly is the author and illustrator of Tilly and Friends, a humorous and colourful series of six books following the escapades of a little girl and her animal friends who all live together in a little yellow house.
Polly is the co-founder of Long Nose puppets, an award winning puppet company, they have made successful adaptations of the books Shoe Baby, Fly Away Katie and Penguin. Long Nose Puppets are currently touring the UK.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Larson on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is such a charming story. Little Katie is feeling gray and what does she do, but add some color and splash to her day. The illustrations are bright and fun. And while you're enjoying the story, you're learning about colors and how to make the best of a gray day in a spunky, imaginative way. I'm reading this to my 18 month old already!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maddely on November 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My daughters (ages 2-4-6) loved this book. We checked it out at the library and they didn't want to return it. The story and the pictures are great and really fired up my kid's imagination. I'm going to get it for my 4 y.o. for Christmas since she loved it the most.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Lesley Ely on June 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Polly Dunbar's Flyaway Katie is a wonderful story. I bought this book for my 4 year old grandaughter and it's now her favourite! So I'm keeping an eye out for Polly's next book. I shall be first in the queue!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Lewis on November 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I checked this book out from our local library on a whim and it became an instant favorite in our preschool class. The illustrations are a beautiful, creative inspiration and the simple but thoughtful story is engaging for all of our children, ages two and a half to five. I never tired of reading it and it inspired us to do a Polly Dunbar author study (the children also recommend Penguin). I just wish it was still available in the more durable hardback version!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Candelaria on February 9, 2009
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I first bought this book for our granddaughter (then 3). She soon had memorized every word and declared it her favorite book, an "always read" every time we visited. Same reaction from a niece (4) and another 4-year-old in Mexico. So I am buying it again for the older sister (3) of a new baby. I am sure the color and spirit of Flyaway Katie will make any slightly gray day much brighter.
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