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.
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