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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (September 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076362201X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763622015
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-In this tribute to the power of positive thinking, rhyming verses describe how Sid, a young hound, experiences an uplifting revelation on his morning trip to school: a joyful feeling "filled him up so much he found/his paws just lifted off the ground." Once airborne, he twirls and swirls "like a doggy-shaped balloon" for the rest of the journey. Alas, his fellow canines can't get past their own grounded paws and refuse to believe him. Even his teacher points out, "All dogs walk and jump and run,/but dogs don't fly-it can't be done." Finally, when a classmate asks Sid to demonstrate his new ability, the now-unhappy pooch is unable to get off the ground. Dazed and dejected, he returns home with his self-confidence destroyed. Sid's parents soon come to the rescue, as his dad reveals a secret he's kept for ages. Done in gouache, the illustrations glow with bright colors as the excited pup leaps off the page in delighted flight. A variety of perspectives and the range of expressions on the characters' faces will entertain readers. A wonderful addition to any library and a great choice for storytime, this book will speak to children facing new situations or lacking self-esteem.
Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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"* "The illustrations - some of the best in children's books - are gently animated but the words hold as much sway as they do in the books. Great fun for children who already know the stories or alternatively a way in for newcomers." THE Book Magazine * "We can't recommend this highly enough. An inspirational and beautifully written tale... As fun to look at as it is to read. Treat your kids as soon as possible." Baby & You" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I received this book as a gift from my mom for one of my baby showers.
JP's mom
I grabbed this book off the shelf one day in desperation, because I needed to pick something fast, and it seemed to have lots of nice illustrations in it.
Emily
The text is simple and originally rhyming, the illustrations are very cute.
C. Olson

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mister hernandez on March 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jez Alborough is among my favorite authors of children's books. In this book he has imagined a tale so eloquent and so memorable that it will quickly become a family favorite. The illustrations are beautifully painted, made especially vibrant because of Alborough's heavy use of greens and blues. The author has perfectly imagined the characters expressions, from curious glances and despondent faces to joyous looks of wonder and satisfaction. This book has to be read aloud! Having presented this title dozens of times to numerous audiences, I can tell you that this is among the best books I have read to children and their parents. My audiences always applaud my telling of this book, largely I think, because of the passion I put into reading it, which is made easy by the rhythmic text and the dialogue that begs to be voiced. The surprise ending is always a hit with my listeners and brings relevance to the title. This is a must-have title for your child's library!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David De Graaf on June 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great story about believing in yourself that manages to get the message across without lecturing. The rhymes are outstanding and the illustration are beautiful with lots of detail to discover. Both our [...] love the book. The language is simple enough for a first grade reading level, by the way. Jez Alborough hardly ever misses, and this book is definitely a score.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Sokol on October 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
With a simple story this book gives a poigent lesson on miracles, hopes and dreams. An uplifting tale about a young dog who comes to realize that miracles do happen and not to let other people (in this case dogs) drag you down with their own disbelief. A book that rhymes with large colourful illustrations will interest even toddlers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 3 year old, as he loves the "duck" books by Jez. He loves this book as well, and it is my personal favorite. I love the message in the book, and the rhymes are easy to read and follow. Of Jez's books, this is the best. This is a book that parents will enjoy reading and children love to hear.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dakota7997 on August 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My 11 month old loves looking at the illustrations in this book and it has a very nice rhyming story. I would highly recommend it because it has a valuable lesson. It teaches children to not be held back by limitations that are imposed on them by others.

---UPDATE: My child is now 16 months old now and this is his favorite book. He actually sits through it and listens to every word without moving an inch (an impressicve feat for my active toddler). I also like the text- when i read other books i normally improvise but this book needs no improvision! it is perfect!!

SUMMARY of STORY (warning spoiler): The dog, Sid, finds out he is able to fly on his way to school but at school when he tells his classmates they say that "dogs don't fly". He tries to show him but he cannot fly again since he is no longer happy. When he gets home he is very depressed and tells his dad that "dogs don't fly" but then his dad begins to fly. Sid becomes happy again and flys next to his dad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Knecht on August 10, 2005
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I love this book. The story is fantastic, the illustrations are adorable and the rhyming is engaging. My kids now have it memorized and love to read through it on their own. I give this to friends and family as a baby gift because we have enjoyed it so much!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Olson on November 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My 16 month old LOVES this book and I don't mind a bit reading it several times per day. The text is simple and originally rhyming, the illustrations are very cute. Sid is the star of this heartwarming tale that fills the imagination of both adult and child. I look hard for children's books that I enjoy reading and my son enjoys hearing and looking at the illustrations and this one fit's the bill perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. C. MCWILLIAMS on April 18, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book uplifts your heart and teaches your child that dreaming and believing in the impossible is perfectly okay! Delightful to read for ages 4-10, it is a must for your library. I give it as a gift all the time!
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Jez was born in Kingston upon Thames in 1959. He went to art school in Norwich and then set about entering the competitve world of children's books. Jez has now written and illustrated over thirty picture books for children, he was runner up of the 1985 Mother Goose Award with his first book Bare Bear. Jez lives in London with his Danish wife.

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