Calvin Can't Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdieby Jennifer Berne, Keith Bendis (Illustrator)
Calvin is one unusual starling! While his siblings and cousins learn to fly, this rare bird lets his imagination soar while reading about pirates, dinosaurs, and other fascinating things. The other birds call him “geeky beaky,” but Calvin just ruffles his feathers and buries his beak in a book. Yet, when it comes time to migrate, poor Calvin suddenly realizes he can't fly! His sisters, brothers, and cousins carry him into the air.
But on their way south, the winds blow hard, the trees bend, and the air starts to smell strange. It's a hurricane, and only Calvin can save the day-because he has read all about it!
Witty illustrations, an endearing hero, and a delightful story make this a true celebration of the pleasures of reading!
". . . a lively children's book debut . . . Regular doses of humor in the text and art happily keep the story from migrating into sentimentality." Publishers Weekly
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- 10.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Jennifer Berne has been a long-time contributor to Nick Jr. Magazine, and a writer for both print and TV. She has published numerous award-winning books for kids, including On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein (Chronicle), Calvin Look Out! (Sterling), and Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (Chronicle). Jennifer lives in the rolling hills of Columbia County, NY. In summer she migrates up to Maine to live aboard her sailboat.
Keith Bendis's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Fortune, and Time. Keith was the illustrator for William Safire's “On Language” column in the New York Times Magazine, and for 10 books including Calvin Look Out! (Sterling). He lives on an old farm in Columbia County, NY.
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Mom of 2... Love, love, love this book. Fun, creative and a book about books! Calvin is a bookworm birdie to busy learning to read to learn how to fly. He gets into trouble when it's time to migrate but his family comes to his rescue. A favor only he can return when they later fly into a hurricane & only he knows how to save the day.
This is such a great story. It is sweet and cute.It has such. a wonderful story.
I have bought at least 20 of these adorable books for family and friends with children. The illustrations are amazing and the story is a great lesson. Would highly recommend this book CurlygirlEB
My 7 year old and his classmates absolutely love Calvin Can't Fly. He keeps it by his bedside and has asked me to read it again and again! It's a funny book wth funny characters, wonderful illustrations and a great story line. Buy it you will enjoy it!