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Overview

Caruso is afraid to fly.
And that's a big problem.
Because he is a bird.

One night
a wild gust of wind
blows Caruso
off his perch
and across
the stormy sky to
Sophie's window.
Who is Sophie?

Sometimes, just like Caruso,
you will find a friend
when you least expect it.
And sometimes a
wonderful friendship
can make you want to try
something you didn't think
you could do.

When Caruso, a little bird who is afraid to fly, is blown out of his home one windy night, he must rely on a new friend, a dog named Sophie, to take him back to his parents.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As she did in Farfallina & Marcel, Keller here shapes an affecting portrait of a friendship between two very different creatures. Caruso is a bird who lives with his parents in a shed atop a tall city building. "The sky is so big.... Do I have to do it today?" asks the feathered fellow, frightened at the prospect of his first flight. His parents reassuringly reply, "Maybe tomorrow." That night, the whistling wind awakens Caruso-and then whisks him off the rooftop and onto the window ledge of a nearby apartment building. In the morning, Sophie, a cheerful shaggy dog, appears at the window and, after learning Caruso's dilemma, announces, "We'll have to think of something to do with you... because you certainly can't stay." A full-bleed painting depicts Sophie patiently leading the hopping bird down the fire escape ("We'll never get you home at this rate"), then spot illustrations reflect their quicker pace as the pooch carries Caruso to his home on her back. Friendship conquers fear as, days later, Caruso makes his first attempt to visit his canine buddy; a full-bleed spread shows the giant vista, the skies that Caruso has conquered. Satisfyingly simple watercolor and black line illustrations convey the immediate bond between these two, both of whom display an amusing range of facial expressions. Keller underscores the importance of friendship and of taking necessary leaps. Ages 4-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Caruso the pigeon wants to fly, but he is just a tiny bit afraid. "Maybe tomorrow," he and mama and papa agree. Then the wind sweeps him up and tosses him through the air until he is dropped on a windowsill. There he discovers a new friend, Sophie, the dog. Caruso is still terrified to fly, but wants to go home. Sophie recognizes Caruso's dilemma, and, after breakfast, delivers him to his parents. Now Caruso really wants to fly—in order to visit his Sophie. Finally, "one morning Caruso opened his eyes and knew that he was going to do it." And once he did, he found he could, and Sophie and Caruso could visit whenever they wished. This lovely, simple tale of friendship between a dog and a bird will speak to every shy or timorous child. 2005, Greenwillow Books, Ages 4 up.
—Elisabeth Greenberg
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Fear of getting lost in the clouds or falling out of the sky keeps Caruso, a young pigeon, from attempting to fly. One evening, a strong wind sweeps him off his rooftop home and deposits him on the ledge of another building. The next day, Sophie, a dog, discovers him sitting outside her window and realizes that this fledgling needs help. She takes charge and carries the timid bird back to his parents. Several mornings later, he senses that the time is right to try his wings. He is elated with his newfound ability, which means that he can visit Sophie whenever the mood strikes. Watercolor illustrations in several sizes and revealing different perspectives depict a dove-colored hatchling and a fluffy brown puppy. With more dialogue and less character development, this story is not as engaging as Keller's Farfallina & Marcel (Greenwillow, 2002). However, it has value as a tale about friendship and encouragement, and the additional theme of a late bloomer ultimately mastering a skill increases its appeal.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Caruso is a young bird who's afraid to fly, thinking only of the mishaps that could occur. Mama, Papa and even Caruso himself say, "Maybe tomorrow." When a big gust of wind carries him off their rooftop home, he lands all right but doesn't know where he is. In the morning, big black eyes are looking at him from an apartment house window and Sophie the dog suggests the bird make himself comfortable on the window ledge. But Caruso wants to go home; he can see it from his high perch. When he hears Mama calling him for breakfast, Sophie offers to take Caruso home and carries him on his back down the fire escape, across the street, up the elevator and home. It's the urge to see his new friend again that inspires Caruso to fly. Simple and understated in both visuals and narrative, yet the blended message of trying one's wings and being disparate friends regardless of size and genus will ring with young listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060562823
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/16/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Keller is the creator of many popular books for children, including the Horace books, Farfallina & Marcel, and Help! In applauding her work, School Library Journal noted that she is "an author/artist who truly understands children." Holly Keller lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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