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Clorinda Takes Flight
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Clorinda Takes Flight

by Robert Kinerk, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
 

That Irrepressible Clorinda!

One afternoon while taking the sun, a cow named Clorinda casually notices the flight of a passing barn swallow. "Oh, how I wish I could fly like a bird," thinks Clorinda. So (never mind that a cow never has), Clorinda resolves to be the first and to show the world how it's done. She flatly dismisses the reasoned misgivings of her

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That Irrepressible Clorinda!

One afternoon while taking the sun, a cow named Clorinda casually notices the flight of a passing barn swallow. "Oh, how I wish I could fly like a bird," thinks Clorinda. So (never mind that a cow never has), Clorinda resolves to be the first and to show the world how it's done. She flatly dismisses the reasoned misgivings of her dear friend Hop and then enlists the help of her dear friend Len. One way or another, Clorinda the cow will fly. Sky high!

But more important to the intrepid trio than their Lindbergh-like achievement is the warm, sustaining friendship that binds them together.

Just as in their first collaboration, Clorinda, Robert Kinerk and Steven Kellog team up in an adventure that soars above the aspirations of ordinary bovines. Clorinda Takes Flight will inspire picture book readers to follow their dreams, no matter how impossible the quests may seem.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken and Sylvia Marantz
Clorinda the cow returns for another exciting adventure, detailed in rhymed couplets. Determined to fly, Clorinda recruits her human friend Len and Hop the pig to help her. Together, they manage to build a plane from collected scraps. At first they rejoice as it takes off; unfortunately it soon crashes, as do their other attempts by rocket and 'copter. Finally they stitch together a balloon that magically takes Clorinda and Hop all the way to England and even to the queen. On their return, they are happy to share with Len the tea the queen gave them. The visual story begins on the front endpapers, which depict Clorinda and Len on a blanket having tea. A huge golden sun produces a warm glow that infuses all the future scenes with a sense of joy. With Hop, they share an enthusiasm demonstrated in the series of scenes of collecting, assembling, and flying, only to land in glorious jumbles of junk. Kellogg presents disasters in ways to make us laugh. He creates his fantasy with mixed water-based paints, in scenes replete with details that invite close attention. On the back endpapers, the three are shown to be enjoying the queen's tea under the stars and a glowing moon. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3
The adventuresome cow returns. Clorinda is determined to fly and enlists the help of Hop the pig and Len the farmhand. Using scavenged parts, the three cobble together a plane (powered by Len's washing machine), a rocket (with canister vacuums), and a helicopter (a rowboat with oar "blades"), but each vehicle crashes. The trio finally succeeds with a hot-air balloon stitched together out of clothes from Len's wash line and filled with air heated by using sunlight and mirrors. Clorinda and Hop glide across the ocean for a visit with the Queen of England. Luckily, the generous monarch sends back a box of tea (wrapped in a Union Jack) for Len, who was unintentionally left behind. Never missing a beat, Kinerk's rhyming text celebrates friendship and cooperation: "Len, Hop, and the cow made a very good team./The guys kept her working, and she helped them dream." Kellogg's mixed water-based medium paintings show the immensity of the world and the characters' imaginations. The artist perfectly captures light, from buttery dawn to the indigo of space, and a fantastic in-between of a cloud-studded sky. Comic images abound, such as a rear view of Hop being knighted. Great fun for one-on-one sharing.
—Gay Lynn Van VleckCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Kinerk and Kellogg pair up for another adventure featuring Clorinda, the cow with distinctly bigger-than-bovine aspirations. With her friends, Len the farmhand and Hop the pig, helping mightily, Clorinda works to achieve her new dream-to fly. Kinerk's verse scans nicely and offers young readers a rollicking account of the friends' mechanical mishaps and impressive stick-to-itiveness. Kellogg's exuberant paintings depict the trio's ups and downs with his always welcome, signature blend of comic detail and expansive perspective, as Clorinda and Pig sail all the way to London in a hand-built hot-air balloon. Feted by the Queen herself and supplied with some royal tea for left-behind Len, their return trip ends with the threesome talking "of adventures, of friendship, and dreams" under a luminous moon. Hopefully, we've not seen the last of them, nor of Kinerk and Kellogg's agreeable collaboration. High-flying fun. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689868641
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
09/11/2007
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
741,571
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Kinerk is the author of Clorinda, illustrated by Steven Kellogg, which was an IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book, and about which Booklist said in a starred review, "Much applause for Clorinda."
Mr. Kinerk grew up in Alaska and has worked as a journalist and playwright. He now lives with his wife, Anne, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Steven Kellogg is the beloved illustrator of more than one hundred books for children including Clorinda and Clorinda Takes Flight, and he has been awarded the Regina Medal for his entire body of work. Mr. Kellogg works in an old barn overlooking Lake Champlain in Essex, New York, where he lives with his family.

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