A Fly in the Sky

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Kristin Joy Pratt completes her trilogy with A Fly in the Sky, a colorful exploration of birds, insects, and other animals of the air. Together, the three Pratt books comprise a wonderful curriculum on animals of the forest (A Walk in the Rainforest), the oceans (A Swim Through the Sea) and the air (A Fly in the Sky), helping children develop an expanded sense of environmental awareness.

Author Biography: Lauded as a young ``Eco Star" by the Cousteau Society, and inducted into ...

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Overview

Kristin Joy Pratt completes her trilogy with A Fly in the Sky, a colorful exploration of birds, insects, and other animals of the air. Together, the three Pratt books comprise a wonderful curriculum on animals of the forest (A Walk in the Rainforest), the oceans (A Swim Through the Sea) and the air (A Fly in the Sky), helping children develop an expanded sense of environmental awareness.

Author Biography: Lauded as a young ``Eco Star" by the Cousteau Society, and inducted into the Kid Heroes Hall of Fame by E: The Environmental Magazine, Kristin Joy Pratt demonstrates not only an infectious love of nature that promotes environmental awareness among children, but also a ``can do" positive attitude toward life that has helped make her so popular. Kristin's best-selling first book, A Walk in the Rainforest, written in 1991 at age 14, began as an English homework assignment. More than 100,000 copies have been sold. At age 16, inspired by a marine biology class and her concern about contamination of the world's oceans, Kristin wrote and illustrated A Swim through the Sea. It was selected as an outstanding book by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council, and already almost 90,000 copies of this book have been sold. In 1995, at age 18, Kristin turned the spotlight on the fragile ``invisible ocean" of air around us, and wrote and illustrated A Fly in the Sky. By now Kristin had become something of a children's heroine as a popular speaker at schools, museums and aquariums all over the U.S., and an inspiration for what even a young person can do given talent and the right attitude. Kristin was a complete unknown when she sent her first manuscript to Dawn Publications. But what she said caught the publisher's eye. ``Environmental awareness, at a very early age, is the key to preserving our world," she wrote. ``When young children gain a knowledge and respect for nature they in turn love and protect it. If this book takes one small step towards that end it will have served its purpose."

Daphne the damselfly visits a wide range of animals in alphabetic order.

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Fresno Bee
Another ABC book that takes the reader on a fun flight to ecological enlightenment is Kristin Joy Pratt's A Fly in the Sky. On a damselfly's flight, readers see the importance of the "silent, invisible ocean flowing around us." While offering fascinating facts about many inhabitants of the air, the book encourages readers to use "clear thinking" and "decisive action" to clean up the air.
Children's Literature - Pat Metz
To awaken young people to the global problem of unclean air, the author, through the eyes of Daphne, the Damselfly, introduces the reader to many unfamiliar airborne birds, insects and other animals. The descriptions are succinct, informative and fascinating. The illustrations are colorful and bold. It's interesting to note that the author/illustrator is a teenager.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3The importance of air is conveyed through Daphne the Damselfly's alphabetically arranged, insect's-eye view of animals that depend on it. Upper-case letters, brightly boxed in a corner of each page, are accompanied by bold-type descriptions of what Daphne sees. Whether encountering "...exciting, emblematic eagles" or joking "...with a jovial junco," each of her observations is accompanied by a longer, factual description of the creature as well. Bold, vibrant colors and animated insects, birds, and bats hop, glide, and flutter across the pages. The dramatic illustrations and fluid writing do not always come together well, however, and the target audience is unclear. With statements such as Daphne "glide(s) by a gargantuan, gangling gallinule," it's too difficult to be an alphabet book for preschoolers, and children seeking information will find that the text is accurate, but that the stylized illustrations don't mesh well with it. Anne Doubilet's Under the Sea from A to Z (Crown, 1991) employs a similar format with greater success.Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883220402
  • Publisher: Dawn Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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