George Flies South

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A little bird waiting in his nest for his mother to bring back food is blown into the sky, nest and all, by a great wind. Will he be able to fly?

Autumn is coming, and George sits in his little nest, not quite ready to learn to fly even though his mom says it is time to head south for the winter. But when a gust of wind swoops George and his nest out of the tree and onto the roof of a car, George is off whether he likes it or not! With his mom following along chirping ...

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Overview

A little bird waiting in his nest for his mother to bring back food is blown into the sky, nest and all, by a great wind. Will he be able to fly?

Autumn is coming, and George sits in his little nest, not quite ready to learn to fly even though his mom says it is time to head south for the winter. But when a gust of wind swoops George and his nest out of the tree and onto the roof of a car, George is off whether he likes it or not! With his mom following along chirping encouragement, George must gain the confidence to fly before his nest blows away entirely. This charming picture book gently nudges little fledglings everywhere to try out their wings.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In James's understated yet action-packed story, other birds are heading south in autumn, but tiny George tells his mother he's not quite ready to learn to fly: "I think I like my nest best." While she's off finding worms, a gust of wind lifts George and his nest from a tree branch, and he lands on the roof of a parked car. Becoming airborne again, the nest comes to rest on beams stacked on a boat, which are delivered to a construction site. It's not until the nest disintegrates during a final tumble that George, encouraged by his mother, rises to the challenge. Beige and pale blue dominate the subtle palette of James's (the Baby Brains series) minimalist ink and watercolor pictures, arranged in square and rectangular panels, full-page scenarios, and—when George at last takes flight—a sprawling double-page vista. Despite his timidity, George is no wimp: he clearly enjoys his inadvertent adventures in flight, buoyed by the security of his nest. A fun reminder that, even if the training wheels fall off, kids can handle more than they may realize. Ages 3–up. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Whether a reminder to parents of children's competence or an encouragement for late bloomers, this one will be a favorite for families facing the many stages of independence, from the first day of kindergarten to the empty nest.
—The Horn Book

Full of detail and heart, the illustrations bring the story to life. This spare book is beautifully designed from its charming endpapers to the climactic and satisfying final spread
—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Winter is coming, and all the birds are heading south, but George is not ready to fly. He fears falling; he likes his nest. When his mother goes off to get him some worms, a gust of wind blows George's nest up in the air. At first he is excited to be "flying," but then his nest lands on a car just as his mother discovers him missing. As the car moves away and his mother tells him to hold on, George and his nest are swept up into the air again. This time he ends up on some boards on a barge on the river. He spends the night in his nest on the boards high on a building. To his horror, he awakens to find a cat leaping at him. He falls with the nest, which gradually disintegrates. His mother tells him that he must fly now. And finally, he does! He is ready to go south. Sketchy black ink lines create the action while watercolors supply the settings for this naturalistic drama, visualized mainly in detailed vignettes. It is easy to empathize with fearful George and his worried mother, and enjoy the happy ending. The end pages display a host of various birds that may accompany George south. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Young George is particularly reluctant to leave the nest even though he should be learning to fly to head south before winter. "I think I like my nest best./Will you get some worms, Mom?/I'll stay here." Then a big gust of wind takes the nest and George with it off on a wild adventure. Soft watercolor illustrations show an amazingly calm bird sailing into more and more precarious positions, tracked by his distressed mama. With his nest beneath him, he still feels somewhat safe but ultimately this security falls apart and George must try to fly on his own. Full of detail and heart, the illustrations bring the story to life. This spare book is beautifully designed from its charming endpapers to the climactic and satisfying final spread.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763657246
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon James is the award-winning author-illustrator of many children's books, including such favorites as DEAR GREENPEACE, LEON AND BOB, and the Baby Brains series. His stories often concern a child's relationship with the natural world. Simon James lives in England.

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