Without Wings, Mother, how Can I Fly?

Without Wings, Mother, how Can I Fly?

by Norma Farber, Keiko Narahashi
     
 

A little boy is full of questions. He wants to know how he can fly like a bird, swim like a fish, and climb like a monkey. And each time he asks a new question, his mother finds a reassuring answer. Keiko Narahashi's warm and imaginative drawings are perfectly suited to Norma Farber's ter text. Children and parents alike will love the creative solutions to children

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A little boy is full of questions. He wants to know how he can fly like a bird, swim like a fish, and climb like a monkey. And each time he asks a new question, his mother finds a reassuring answer. Keiko Narahashi's warm and imaginative drawings are perfectly suited to Norma Farber's ter text. Children and parents alike will love the creative solutions to children's everyday wishes in this sweet and playful story.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Toddlers are full of questions and the young boy in this book asks his mother a series of questions that are difficult to answer. He watches the animals and wants to emulate their actions. He wonders how, without fins, he can swim the pond? How, without a glowworm's fire, he can see in the dark? How, without claws, he can climb the fruit trees? His mother offers reassurance and love with each answer. Her answer to the title question? "In a plane, my dear, like a bird across the sky." This is an appropriate bedtime story as the last three questions prepare the youngster for sleep. How can he stay warm without a furry skin? He can cuddle up in his flannel pajamas. How can he snuggle up without a cocoon? He can pop into his sleeping bag. And how can he keep from harm without a shell? In the curve of his mother's arm.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2In a rhyming question-and-answer format, a young boy wonders how he can do the things that animals do. While playing outdoors he asks, "Without a trunk,/what can I use for a shower?" and his mother replies, "Stand under the garden sprinkler,/some sunny hour." "But without a shell,/how can I keep from harm?" is answered by "Here, right here,/safe in the curve of my arm." While the rhymes are not inspired, they do establish a coherent connection between the human and animal worlds. Narahashi supports this bond in her soft, watercolor paintings by first providing a vignette that shows the boy interacting with or imitating the animal in questionhe might be snuggled up against a bear or wrapped up tight in a silky cocoon. The facing full-page illustration then shows the child engaged in the parallel activity suggested by his mother. The sun-drenched landscapes are rendered in vibrant greens and watery blues and the final indoor scenes are bright and airy as well. The book exudes a sense of security and love between the mother and child that is implied rather than explicitly stated.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Farber's comforting question-and-answer session between a boy and his mother forms the basis for Narahashi's exuberant scenes of sharing. "Spittle bugs blow bubbles, Can I do that?" the boy asks. "With suds and a pipe," his mom replies. Always, he looks to the world around him, wondering how he can emulate the interesting things he sees. Always his mother provides a way: To change color as a chameleon does, she suggests he change his coat; to stay as snug as a caterpillar in its cocoon, she tells him to snuggle up in his sleeping bag. Narahashi's soft watercolor washes make the pictures as compact as the text, while the jacket painting, of the mother's skirt twirling as she spins the child around off his feet, sets the tone and invites readers into the pages. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805033809
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.32(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Norma Farber was an author, poet, singer, actress, wife, and mother of four, all of which she considered equally important vocations. She wrote more than twenty children's books, including I Swim an Ocean in My Sleep, as well as several volumes of poetry. Norma Farber passed away in 1984.

Keiko Narahashi is the illustrator of several picture books, including I Have a Friend and Is That Josie?. Born in Japan, she grew up in North Carolina and Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design. Ms. Narahashi lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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