Learning To Fly

Learning to Fly Book Cover The deadpan, bearded storyteller declares, “Last winter, I found a penguin.”  The wayward penguin knew how to fly until some other birds told him that he couldn’t fly.  That’s when he crashed.  The man takes the penguin home, determined to help the little penguin out.  They eat fish sticks together, test the penguin’s body stress level in a clothes dryer, and try all kinds of schemes to get him airborne.  Fireworks, ites, and glued-on feathers don’t do the trick.  Finally, when he sees a group of penguins flying above, he stretches his wings and takes off.  And he “flew pretty well…for a penguin.”  The straightforward tone and black-and-white pencil sketches with splashes of color will delight children and adults.  This contemporary fable is about believing in yourself and dreaming and creative problem solving. mjw
Title: Learning To Fly
Author: Sebastian Meschenmoser
Illustrator
: Sebastian Meschenmoser
Publisher
: Kane Miller Book Publishers
Copyright
: 2011
Original language
: German
Translator
: Margarita Santos Cuesta
Original title
: Fliegen lernen
Original publisher
: Esslinger Verlag J.F. Schreiber
Original copyright
: 2005
ISBN
: 978-1-1935279-99-0
Hardcover pages
: 56
Age range
: 4 up
Genre
: Picture book
Author’s residence
: Germany
Awards
: 2008 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year
Subjects
: Germany, Self-esteem, Self-respect, Penguins, Persistence, Western Europe

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