Friday, January 27, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Fridays: Learning to Fly

Today, I've chosen Learning to Fly for Perfect Picture Book Fridays.

Learning to Fly 
Written and Illustrated by Sebastian Meschenmoser
Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 2006

Suitable for: I couldn't find an age range for this book. I think Ages 2 to 6 would be happy to read this.

Theme/Topic: Animals-Penguins, Determination

Opening: Last winter, I found a penguin.
He told me he'd been flying.
But ... penguins can't fly.

Brief Synopsis: A man meets a penguin who gives flying a try. Together, they work to find a way for the penguin to fly again. From the back cover — Penguins can't fly. Of course they can't. It's not possible. Or is it? A contemporary fable about believing in the impossible — and in yourself.

Link to Resources: Penguin Links and Mrs. Kilburn's Kiddos Penguins Post.


Why I chose this book: The illustrations add a fun touch of humor to the story. At first, I thought they were all black and white, but there is a dash of color on most pages. Just enough. I found a review of this book from January 2006, which mentions this story was first published in Germany.

To find more picture books and resources, visit Susanna Leonard Hill's blog and look for the Perfect Picture Books page.

40 comments:

  1. That sounds and looks wonderful! Flying penguins - we could have thought of that lol. :)

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    1. I know. I read so many picture books or books in general and think, "Wow" what a wonderful idea. Makes you hope your own story idea generates the same response.

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  2. I love the front cover. I'll have to look out for this book!

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  3. this does sound like a fun book. When coming up with an idea for a picture book, they always say to think 'what if'. I like the front cover, too. I think he would get farther if the kite wasn't upside down, though :o)

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    1. Janet, Lots of fun things happening in the illustrations throughout, not just on the cover. :)

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  4. How cute is that cover?!!!

    I'm a little sad that the inside illustrations are not all in color too.

    Interesting that it was published in German first - I'd like to read it and see if it feels/reads differently.

    I love believing in the impossible!

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  5. this does sound like a fun book! Thanks for this choice, Stacy.

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  6. I love the "What if" stories. Great review Stacy. Also, I've never heard of this publisher before, so I checked them out and they have open submissions. Thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Jennifer, See I never thought to look at the publishers in that light. Thanks for sharing that thought to "check them out!"

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  7. The cover alone make me want to nab and read it pronto. ;) Thanks for the review, Stacy! And for supporting fab books and authors.

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  8. I was sold just by the cover! What a great hook! I love penguins, and you know I'm a big fan of books where the MC believes in him or herself :) so I'll definitely have to look for this one!

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  10. Stacym what a great cover. I was intrigued. Kids are unlimited with their imaginations! I am sure this would be a big hit among kids. Enjoyed your review and your selection!

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  11. This looks just like a scene out of Mr. Popper's Penguins. I finished watching it last night with the kids. My daughter was delighted with the scene. She would be delighted with this book. Thanks for pointing it out Stacy. :)

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    1. We haven't watched that movie yet. We'll have to check it out.

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  12. I love books that turn our assumptions upside down. This looks like a great one. And like Debra said, my kids are loving Mr. Popper's Penguins right now, so this would be a timely one for my to pick up.

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  13. am a sucker for penguin stories and love the emphasis on doing the impossible. I do love that cover.

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  14. With all the cool picture books, I'm looking forward to grandchildren!

    ~Debbie

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  15. I love penguins! We have several stuffed ones. (Not real ones, mind you) Ha ha haaa. Great pick, girlfriend! Great review too! And what a funny, beautiful cover. :-)

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  16. How fun! Sounds wonderful and the cover is great! Now I need to hop over and check out that review.

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  17. That sounds like a great story! It reminds me of a similar story from my childhood, only with a monkey. :)

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  18. You have hooked me with this one, Stacy! This is a new title for me-and the cover alone entices me. I can't wait to read it!

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  19. Thank you all for stopping by to learn about my PPB selection this week. There were so many fun ones this week. My library list grows with each Friday (and I find myself reading all the other PPB reviews on Saturday).

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  20. I love the cover! I can't wait to find the book and see the rest of the art!

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  21. I love the cover, the title and the message. Thanks for sharing 'Learning to Fly!' I hope to find it in my library.

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    1. Claudine, It's a fun message. I hope it's at the library. I've found several of this week's titles in PPBF at my library and others I am out of luck for now.

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  22. What a great book, Stacy! Wonderful review...I'll have to add this to my ever-growning list of must-gets!!!!

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    1. I have a few from this week "ready for pickup" at the library.

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  23. THanks for the review! Seems like I heard someone else mention this one, too. I'll have to check it out. :)

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    1. Janet, It's a fun book. I hope you can find it.

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  24. Good for you, Stacy. That's a super-fab way to get those daily blogs -- and essays written. Go-go-go! :)

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  25. I really like the message in this book! Thank you for telling us about it :)

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  26. Hi Stacey - thanks for recommending this book. It was the exact one I needed for my magazine column this month, on the topic of persistence and endurance despite the impossible! Thank you so much for sharing. Email me sometime in November if you want to see a copy of the article (it's in print, not online).

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    1. This is why I love this list. I hope I can remember to contact you in November Miranda for the article. :)

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