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Flying Hardcover – March 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561454303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561454303
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After looking at a book about birds, a young African American boy asks his father why he isn’t able to fly, sparking a playful verbal and physical interchange between the two. “Because, son, you don’t have wings!” replies the father who then explains that instead he has arms and hands that “are good for GRABBING! And SWINGING! And TOSSING! And . . . FLYING!!!” As the father tosses him around, the boy imagines himself flying among exotic birds. On the final page, while the two share a book about fish, they picture themselves swimming with a variety of fish, and the boy wants to know why he can’t breathe under water, encouraging the reader to suppose another playful exchange. Full-page illustrations showing the two characters against blank backdrops clearly depict their horseplay. This is offset by the flock of brightly colored birds that appears in the characters’ thought bubbles. This has the feel of Hey Al (1986) by Arthur Yorinks, but with much simpler illustrations and a story line intended for a younger audience. Preschool-Grade 1. --Randall Enos

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-An engaging and effective father-son story...this is a charming introduction to the worlds of books, birds and imagination, and an apt choice for parent-child reading.--Kirkus

-...this salute to imagination shows the magic that can happen when grown-ups enter into play with children.--School Library Journal

-...has the feel of Hey Al (1986) by Arthur Yorinks...--Booklist

-A sweet story about a familiar interaction between parent and child and the power of imagination.--Virginian-Pilot


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Bacci on April 9, 2009
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Great book, colorful artwork. Story line is simple and easy to follow whether it's being read to a child or read by a new reader. Story line of 'Why?' questions is an old but true theme.
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By Bethany E. Jones on February 28, 2013
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This is one of my son's favorite books. The illustrations are colorful and the minimal amount of text makes it a good read for a younger child. My son enjoys counting the various birds on each page and always grins when the little boy's father tosses him up in the air. I also really appreciate that it features an African American family without making a point about race. It is nice to find a book featuring a non-white character that isn't about history, heritage, etc. "Flying" has made us big Luthardt fans!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paine Whitney on July 8, 2010
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I expected a much more engaging book. I purchased this as a gift for a friend's child but was disappointed in the story line. I wanted there to be more: more story, more drawings, more text to keep the child entertained. Just OK.
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