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Fly!
2019
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Summary
"Teague proves that a picture can be worth a thousand words--and almost as many laughs." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Engaging illustrations and the baby bird's wild ideas will entertain audiences of all ages." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Funny, feathery finesse." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Mama bird thinks it's time for Baby bird's first flight, but Baby bird has other ideas in this humorous wordless picture book from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Mark Teague.

It's a big day up in the tree that Mama bird shares with her baby. Mama bird thinks Baby bird is finally ready to leave the nest and learn to fly so he can migrate south with the rest of their flock. But Baby bird isn't so sure. Can't his mother keep bringing him worms in their nest? Can't he migrate in a hot air balloon instead? Or perhaps a car?

This silly wordless picture book will keep young readers giggling as Baby bird figures out that he must flap his wings and learn to fly--whether he likes it or not!
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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1--Teague's wordless picture book features a mama robin and a baby who refuses to fly. The humorous story that ensues is told through word bubbles filled with expressive spot illustrations showing "the dialogue" between the two birds. As mama bird tries to push the baby out of the nest, her little one laughingly proposes creative ways of alternative transportation, such as a hot air balloon, hang glider, airplane, or cape. The suggestions continue with ground transportation such as a skateboard, car, train, or even a pogo stick. Parent-offspring bickering continues and readers will deduce the meaning without words easily. Once Mama suggests that the fledgling could become owl prey, the baby is airborne! The story ends with a celebratory snuggle back in their nest. VERDICT The beautiful illustrations will have readers talking and laughing throughout the entire book.--Morgan O'Reilly, Riverdale Country School, NY
Booklist Review
Humorous, detailed acrylic paintings reveal a mother robin and her reluctant-to-fly child. While he's still a fuzzy-headed baby, his mother brings him worms for nourishment. As he increases in size, the fledgling becomes vociferous and dare we say it obnoxious in the increasingly strident demands he makes on his bedraggled parent. One day, in his haste to reach the proffered food, the baby bird hops out of the nest and falls, swirling, to the ground. When his mother encourages him to fly back up to their roost, he imagines a multitude of ways to get home without using his wings. The wordless tale uses speech bubbles filled with illustrations of the youngster's grandiose ideas and his mother's increasing frustration in his refusal to simply fly. The young bird begins by proposing his parent carry him, piggyback-style, back home, and then suggests a hot-air balloon, kite, skateboard, train, and pogo stick much to his mother's chagrin. As day turns to night, his mother's warnings of danger, should he remain on the ground, don't do anything to reduce his confidence . . . until she mentions one predator that finally does the trick. Engaging illustrations and the baby bird's wild ideas will entertain audiences of all ages.--Maryann Owen Copyright 2019 Booklist
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