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Flap Your Wings (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover – January 25, 2000

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When a strange egg appears in their nest, Mr. and Mrs. Bird kindly take it upon themselves to raise the "baby bird" inside. But when the egg hatches, the Birds are in for a big surprise--"Junior" is the oddest-looking baby bird they've ever seen--with big, long "jaws full of teeth and an appetite to match. In fact, he looks more like a baby "alligator than a baby bird! Nevertheless, the devoted Birds run themselves ragged feeding Junior until he gets so big, he must leave the nest or it will collapse underneath him. "But how can Junior fly without wings? To the delight of the Birds--and readers!--the dilemma is solved when Junior takes off from a branch overlooking a pond.

About the Author

P. D. Eastman was one of the stars of the Beginner Books line with beloved classics like Are You My Mother?; Go, Dog. Go!; The Best Nest; and more!


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 10L (What's this?)
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375802436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375802430
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Anne B. Roberts on June 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am thrilled to find this book back in print. Our family received a paperback edition many years ago as a gift. We have read it literally to pieces. Since receiving this gift, we have added three children to our family through international adoption. Like the bird family, we don't look alike, but we share the same nest. My husband and I live by Mr. Bird's philosophy, "If an egg is in your nest, you sit on it and keep it warm." Our answer to nosy questions concerning one of our children - "He's in our nest, so he must be ours."
We are now entering a new phase of parenting. The first of our 6 children is moving out to begin life on her own. Once again Mr. Bird in his wisdom has given us direction: "It's getting too crowded up here. Junior has to leave the nest. It is time for him to fly away...We must show him how to fly." Of course our pride matches Mr. Bird as we watch her go, "(S)he's happy now! Just watch (her) swim" or fly or soar.
Flap Your Wings is a classic. It celebrates love, family, differences, attachment, and letting go. Thank you P.D. Eastman for your fabulous book. I will read it for years to come.
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Format: Library Binding
While this is obviously a children's book, don't lose sight of the metaphor! Like Mr. and Mrs. Bird, we usually are surprised by this "creature" in our nest, but what the heck, we do our best to feed and nurture them. And when they get too big for the nest, physically, psychologically and emotionally, we do need to push them out and tell them to flap their wings. And guess what? They become exactly who they are supposed to be, despite our attempts to make them who we THINK they should be. This is one of my favorite graduation books, mostly for my friends who are pushing their children out of the nest.
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By A Customer on March 9, 2000
Format: Library Binding
I was excited to see this book being printed again. Eastman ( Go Dog Go ) had me laughing out loud the first time I read this to my kids. A bird couple comes home to find an enormous egg ( an alligator egg) in their nest. The trials and tribulations of hatching and raising the " baby bird" are lessons in parenting and work ethics, funny as they are. The couple trying to teach their "baby bird " to fly brings the book to a hilarious climax.
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Format: Hardcover
Flap Your Wings was written by P.D. Eastman and was originally published in 1969, but I think our Best Book Club Ever edition was published in 1979. Our particular copy has my husband’s name in it. Most of our Best Book Club Ever books used to be his, but very few have his name in them.

Flap Your Wings is the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bird, who return to their nest to find a strange egg in it. When the egg hatches, they are surprised to find a strange creature in it (a baby alligator). They are not sure that their baby is a bird, but it is in their nest, so they feed Junior everything from berries to centipedes. Junior’s appetite never diminishes, and he grows very quickly. Junior is too big for his nest, and it is time for him to flap his wings and fly. But will an alligator be able to fly like a bird?

P.D. Eastman also wrote Are You My Mother? and Go Dog Go, among other classic children’s stories. He has a fairly recognizable style. The illustrations make good use of color, and they’re fun- Mrs. Bird has an adorable kerchief, and Mr. Bird has some hilarious facial expressions. For most of the book, Junior barely fits in the nest, but doesn’t seem to be bothered about this at all.

My girls loved this book. They knew right away that the egg contained an alligator, and they loved watching Junior eat all of those delicacies that Mr. and Mrs. Bird brought for him to eat. They were not surprised by the ending, and they said that this was a nice story. As a parent, I think this book has some lovely messages; the Birds took care of Junior even though they knew he wasn’t a bird; he was their baby, and they loved him regardless of what he looked like.
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I am so pleased to see this book back in print. It is a hilarious book to read aloud, the reader as well as the children will enjoy it. It's a meditation on parenthood among other things. Incidental to the fun, children will learn about the life of birds, and that other creatures are hatched from eggs as well, with a little ecology thrown in. A book no parent, teacher or child should miss!
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Yes, I've heard over and over how P.D. Eastman is no Dr. Seuss, but sometimes it's nice to just read a plain story. As evidence, I present to you the fact that I've read this story hundreds of times to my three year old, who can't seem to get enough of Mr. Bird's relentless optimism in the face of the disapproving, much more intelligent Mrs. Bird (see THE BEST NEST for another example of this dynamic...).
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This book is great for beginning readers. The illustrations complement the story beautifully. I first read it was sent to my own children through a book club, and all of my grandchildren grew up with it. It still makes me laugh.
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This is a favorite of my daycare kids. When Mr. and Mrs. Bird discover a strange egg in their nest they try to hatch it. Mr. Bird is a delight to read. He says through the whole book it doesn't matter if it's not their egg, they still take care of it, it doesn't matter if baby alligator doesn't look like them, they still need to feed it. It doesn't matter if the baby alligator can't fly because he's happy in the water. I can't praise the book more. It's a fun easy read.
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