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I Can Fly (Little Golden Book) Hardcover – September 9, 2003
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Ruth Krauss and Mary Blair's I Can Fly won awards upon its first publication in 1951 and has not lost an iota of its charm. The first pages open to a girl standing on a swing, sailing high in the sky next to a bird whose feathers match her dress: "A bird can fly./ So can I." She can moo like a cow, grab like a crab, be merrier than a terrier, and pick, pick, pick like a little chick. Krauss's simple verses capture a child at play and provide wonderful rhythms for a lively, interactive read-aloud session: "Crunch crunch crunch/ I'm a goat out to lunch," Blair's playful illustrations are as exuberant as the story-poem, with their gorgeous (truly '50s!) palette and bold compositions that cleverly juxtapose the girl with her pretend animal playmates, page by page. Arms outstretched on the loops in the playground, the girl looks just like the crab with its grabby claws; eating celery at the table she mimics the goat eating flowers outside the front door. Young children will revel in the young girl's splendidly confident outlook:"Gubble gubble gubble/ I'm a mubble in a pubble./ I can play/ I'm anything that's anything./ That's MY way." We welcome this timeless classic back into print with open arms, much like an octopus might. (Baby to preschool) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
"A bird can fly.
So can I.
A cow can moo. So begins the simple, delightful rhyme by Ruth Krauss that both celebrates and encourages a child's imagination. Mary Blair's vibrant artwork, found in the Golden Books archives and newly scanned, looks as fresh as it did 50 years ago.
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Small book...Great price...Great for 2-3 y/o kids.
Addendum: This book is actually abridged and missing pages. Via a comment by Amazon user r4man "The full version, along with several other Golden Books she illustrated, is available in the book available here on Amazon for a very reasonable price."
A Mary Blair Treasury of Golden Books
R4man also mentions "If you enjoy Mary Blair's art you should visit The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco which is currently having a special exhibit of her original art including her years as an inspiration artist for Disney as well as her work for Golden Books, advertising, etc. it will be there until September 7, 2014."
Bay Area residents or summer/fall SF tourists...Hop to it!
*I feel that proper care is required. I can already see the gold outer binding falling apart in the near future, and the pages were not aligned with the front and back hardcover and protruding out.