- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (November 8, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763689548
- ISBN-13: 978-0763689544
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gary Hardcover – November 8, 2016
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PreS-Gr 2—Gary is a racing pigeon who cannot fly. But he has a positive attitude. While the other racing pigeons are off on their adventures, Gary keeps busy working on a travel scrapbook. It includes information that he overhears about the exploits of the other racing pigeons. The artwork is endearing. The bird wears a little blue knit cap, while the racing pigeons don jerseys. Gary's luck changes when he accidentally falls into the racing pigeons' travel basket with his scrapbook. The other pigeons end up in the basket, too. But when they fly back home, Gary is stranded in the city alone. Readers will root for Gary, the underdog. He is able to save himself thanks to his scrapbook, which he uses to navigate his way home. Illustrations work beautifully with the text, establishing a lighthearted tone. The other pigeons in their red and gray jerseys are perched on the wall, welcoming him back. The narrative ends with an explanation that life returns to normal except that sometimes the other racing pigeons go on bus rides with Gary. Although not unique, this title has broad appeal. Parents, teachers, and librarians will love the message that it's OK to be different. VERDICT A solid choice for a storytime or one-on-one sharing.—Robin Sofge, Alexandria Library, VA
Text and illustrations work together to create a meaningful story that's playful and fun...Thoughtful compositions keep eyes moving across spreads, offering readers the sensation of traveling. This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Gary proves a savvy and resourceful bird, and it’s refreshing to see his character embrace adventure rather than simply wish for the ability to fly.
The artwork is endearing...Parents, teachers, and librarians will love the message that it’s OK to be different. A solid choice for a storytime or one-on-one sharing.
—School Library Journal
This story passes with flying colors—a charmer through and through.
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Top customer reviews
This picture book is pure joy. Gary is a wonderful misfit pigeon, missing exactly the key attribute that makes him a racing pigeon. Still, Gary embraces his differences and makes himself part of the team by recording their adventures. At the same time, he is always separate from the others. This picture book about resilience and self-esteem will speak to anyone who as felt different from the rest.
Rudge’s illustrations add to the appeal. She makes sure that Gary stands out from the other pigeons who are suited up in racing red. Gary meanwhile wears his winter cap and has keeps his head cocked in an inquiring way the entire time. Gary’s use of tape and his scrapbook is also lovingly detailed.
A charmer of a book about self-esteem and embracing your individuality pigeon style. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Gary figures out an ingenious way to get home. And the racing pigeons think that Gary's way of travelling is fun, too. Pretty soon the racing pigeons are just like Gary.
This book teaches that even if you have a handicap, you can rise above it and find a strength. It is an upbeat, positive message. This book teaches resiliency, grit, innovation.