Today I Will Fly! (Elephant and Piggie Series)

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Overview

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

Today, I Will Fly! is the funny introduction to the characters. Piggie is determined to fly. But Gerald the elephant knows that's impossible--isn't it?

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Overview

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

Today, I Will Fly! is the funny introduction to the characters. Piggie is determined to fly. But Gerald the elephant knows that's impossible--isn't it?

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3 - In these two easy-to-read books, Willems introduces two best friends. Gerald is a slightly stodgy, bespectacled elephant with a stumpy, downturned trunk. Piggie is more daring and whimsical, and, like many friends, the two complement one another. In My Friend Is Sad, Piggie tries hard to cheer her dejected friend. She disguises herself as a cowboy, clown, and a robot, but Gerald doesn't recognize her and is sad because she isn't there to enjoy the fun. Without missing a beat, Piggie points out that he needs new glasses. In Today I Will Fly, Piggie announces her intention to do so to her skeptical pal. In the end, though, Gerald is making adventurous plans of his own. With just a few tweaks of his expressive lines, Willems creates engaging characters. The stories move briskly, with a minimal word count and touches of whimsy throughout. Fans of the author's previous books should check the endpapers for a cameo appearance of his familiar pigeon. These simple, humorous stories will sound just the right note for beginning readers.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423102953
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Series: Elephant and Piggie Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 37,542
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mo Willems
Mo Willems is a six-time Emmy Award winning writer and animator for Sesame Street and the creator of Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City. He is the author of groundbreaking picture books, including; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Caldecott Honor winner 2004); Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Caldecott Honor winner 2003); Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!; The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!; Time to Say "Please"!; Leonardo, the Terrible Monster; and Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct. Mo lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    So cute

    My son and I adore the Elephant & Piggie books. They have fun stories, engage him, and help him practice his reading skills.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Funny book

    I love to try

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Fantastic

    These books are beyond wonderful. My 1st grader was struggling with reading...because we have always read together, and she wanted interesting stories...and the stories that she was learning to read with were very short and blah. Then came Gerald and Piggie to the rescue! These books are fun, funny, and very expressive without using big words or long sentences. My daughter loves them so much that she gave one as a birthday gift to a classmate. :) I would recommend these books to anyone who would listen to me. :)

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

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    Am I just a really big kid?

    I love this book. I didn't even buy this for a little kid (though I did end up sharing it with my younger sisters one of whom was 6 or 7 at the time). I just came across it one day and was so amused by it I ended up buying it. I now make it a point to look out for new elephant and piggie books whenever I go book shopping. It's just so adorable and while it makes it easy for beginner readers it doesn't feel like most children's books. I still pull it out to read just for fun every once in a while and I'm 21.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Great kids series

    Good about lessons for young kids on dealing with other peoples feelings and emotions.. is also great and engaging with lots of feeling and emotion.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    HIGHLY Recommend!!

    Love Piggie and Elephant and the ENTIRE series. Both our boys have a set of the series. We especially relish the facial expressions. Great book for beginner readers as well. Again, HIGHLY recommend!

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    A delightful book to read aloud!

    This book is part of a charming series, featuring Gerald the elephant and Piggie the pig. Mo Willems is an accomplished artist with a light-hearted, minimalist style and a great sense of humor! I read this book and other Elephant and Piggie books to my daughter, who is developmentally delayed. She finds the books easy to understand and outrageously funny reading after reading.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Cute for your young reader

    My 6 year old loves these books. His favorite animal is the pig and his older brother's is the elephant so it is a perfect fit for our house. The stories are cute and not overwhelming for the beginning reader. Plus it is a series so you can see what other adventures the pig and elephant go on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2007

    We love this book

    As with other elephant and piggie books, my child and I think that this one is great as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    Simple and Funny

    It's one of my son's favorites. It's easy to read and understand, perfect for small readers.

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