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I Can Fly

I Can Fly

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by Ruth Krauss, Mary Blair

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A little girl's active imagination leads her to moo like a cow, squirm like a worm, grab like a crab and mimic a variety of other creatures. Bright, colorful illustrations and whimsical text help young readers learn about animals.


A little girl's active imagination leads her to moo like a cow, squirm like a worm, grab like a crab and mimic a variety of other creatures. Bright, colorful illustrations and whimsical text help young readers learn about animals.

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Publishers Weekly
I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, illus. by Mary Blair, first published in 1951, features another solitary child in imaginary play, but the tone here is sillier. A rhyming text boasts that the girl can do anything that a variety of animals can do; for example, as she eats celery: "Crunch crunch crunch/ I'm a goat out to lunch." The artwork contrasts her antics with the animals she imitates in flatly patterned, stylized shapes that owe much to 1950s-era animation. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A classic Golden Book from the Bank Street Collection, first published in 1951, is back, in a slightly oversize format to delight young readers with its view of all the things a little girl can do just like animals. A cow can moo. "I can too. I can squirm/like a worm. I can grab/like a crab." The cheerful paintings reflect the decade or their origin with smiling animals, fanciful backgrounds, patterned wallpaper, a girl in a series of dresses, and stylized flora. Snappy, patterned text invites young listeners to chime in and no doubt some families will chant such couplets as "Pitter pitter pat/I can walk like a cat" as they sneak up to bed so as not to wake the baby. The lame ending, "Gubble gubble gubble/I'm a mubble in a pubble/I can play/I'm anything that's anything./ That's MY way," is a letdown after the charming text, but children may appreciate the silliness over the stodgy text and the stumbling and flopping rhythm. 2003 (orig. 1951), Golden Books, Ages 2 to 5.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Little Golden Book Series
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Random House
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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I Can Fly 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
nutsy More than 1 year ago
I used this with a three-year old. Before we even started reading, I asked him what he could do and I wrote his answers on chart paper. We discussed the title...Could she really fly? Why is she saying she can? We read the story and then reread it discussing how she could be all that she said. SHE IMAGINED!!! We then went back to his list and added all that he could do by imagining and that was ALOT. The list will remain on his door so new imagination experiences can be added. Society and schools (I'm a retired first grade teacher) are pushing academics on our little ones much too soon. They are forgetting that the best way a child learns is through play and allowing his imagination to grow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this is a charming little story, it is a half-hearted attempt to 'recreate' the original classic version of which this book is trying to imitate. I can only assume that in the interest of saving money the company has chosen to leave out a significant portion of the book from its original classic version. How disappointing to buy this to share with your child only to find out that it is no longer the same.
christy_wooke More than 1 year ago
One of the few Mary Blair children's books still in print.

But, you can get some of her concept work she did on both Cinderella and Alice In Wonderland (I'm waiting for Peter Pan,... hopefully someone will put that out soon!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I learned to read from this book and have never forgot it. I can remember at age 4 or 5 reading this. Or as my mother said I memorized it, from hearing it read to me so many times. LOL I have fondly thought of it many times over the years, thinking... 'a bird can fly, so can I. A cow can moo, I can too.' I always remember those few lines and have yearned to find the book. A few years ago I started looking for it and recently found it here in a search. I will be purchasing it now at age 41. It just brings me a good feeling that I've never lost. A book every child should have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 19 month old son loves this book. It's illustrations are very cute. It's simple but clever text is nice to listen and read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to learn how to fly because i wish i could fly around the earth and see people around the world and also i think it is cool and i always dream of flying in the sky my whole life just for once thank you for listening to my speech that i am writing about just right now....so i think that i am telling everybody that i wish they can fly and everybody wants to be having fun with their friends and family and enjoy their day every day in their life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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