The Day I Could Fly

The Day I Could Fly

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by Lynn Crosbie Loux
     
 

As a girl takes a walk in the fields among the trees, a black feather touches her, turning her into a crow. Her journey in the air gives the crow girl a new perspective on her house, family, and the horses below. She glides over a pond, the playground, and a field of sunflowers, and she builds a nest in a cottonwood. A storm and hearing her mother call encourage

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As a girl takes a walk in the fields among the trees, a black feather touches her, turning her into a crow. Her journey in the air gives the crow girl a new perspective on her house, family, and the horses below. She glides over a pond, the playground, and a field of sunflowers, and she builds a nest in a cottonwood. A storm and hearing her mother call encourage her to fly home, and she lands on the windowsill: I wanted to be inside with my family. As she flies from the window, a feather drops from one of her wings, and, when it touches the ground, she changes back into herself. She tells her grandfather about her day and is surprised when he takes a black feather from his pocket. The story ends with him saying, Someday- you will know when it is the right time for you to fly.

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Children's Literature
In a flight of her imagination, when touched by a crow's feather, a young girl's arms become wings as she flies "lifted on the winds." From on high she views her now-tiny family and the horses in a nearby field, then descends as a small crow flying above the town. She nests and naps as a crow, but hearing her mother call as a storm approaches, she is happy to be a girl at home again. Her grandfather's gift of a feather when she tells him of her flight seems a promise of future adventure. Naturalistic colored-pencil and acrylic paintings fill most of the double pages with pictures of the girl as crow and what she observes: sunflowers, fish in a pond, and more. The text is set in short lines suggesting poetry, while the illustrations echo the mood in their use of warm colors in scenes viewed as if through a fine screen. The words and pictures combine to help us fly along with the narrator. 2003, Northwood Press, Ages 4 to 8.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-As a girl takes a walk in the fields among the trees, a black feather touches her, turning her into a crow. Her journey in the air gives the "crow girl" a new perspective on her house, family, and the horses below. She glides over a pond, the playground, and a field of sunflowers, and she builds a nest in a cottonwood. A storm and hearing her mother call encourage her to fly home, and she lands on the windowsill: "I wanted to be inside with my family." As she flies from the window, a feather drops from one of her wings, and, when it touches the ground, she changes back into herself. She tells her grandfather about her day and is surprised when he takes a black feather from his pocket. The story ends with him saying, "Someday- you will know when it is the right time for you to fly." The imagery and descriptions of the natural beauty of the area are well done. The soft, acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations enhance the narrative and are true to the point of view of the main character. Imaginative children should enjoy listening to this tale or reading it on their own.-Ann Joslin, Erie County Public Library, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559718660
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.96(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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The Day I Could Fly 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children love this book! The illustrations are breathtaking and follow the story perfectly! Everyone has the dream that they can fly and this book brings me back to my younger days where the dream seemed so real.Great story for 3 to 8 year olds.