Calvin Can't Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie

Calvin Can't Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie


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Calvin is one unusual starling! While his siblings and cousins learn to fly, this rare bird lets his imagination soar while reading about pirates, dinosaurs, and other fascinating things. The other birds call him “geeky beaky,” but Calvin just ruffles his feathers and buries his beak in a book. Yet, when it comes time to migrate, poor Calvin suddenly realizes he can't fly! His sisters, brothers, and cousins carry him into the air. But on their way south, the winds blow hard, the trees bend, and the air starts to smell strange. It's a hurricane, and only Calvin can save the day—because he has read all about it!
Witty illustrations, an endearing hero, and a delightful story—now new in paperback—make this a true celebration of the pleasures (and importance) of reading!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454915751
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 305,401
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Berne has been a long-time contributor to Nick Jr. Magazine, and a writer for both print and TV. She has published numerous award-winning books for kids, including On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein (Chronicle), Calvin Look Out! (Sterling), and Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (Chronicle). Jennifer lives in the rolling hills of Columbia County, NY. In summer she migrates up to Maine to live aboard her sailboat.
Keith Bendis's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Fortune, and Time. Keith was the illustrator for William Safire's “On Language” column in the New York Times Magazine, and for 10 books including Calvin Look Out! (Sterling). He lives on an old farm in Columbia County, NY.

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Calvin Can't Fly 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When all of the other starlings fell out of the nest and discovered typical starling delights, Calvin instead fell head first into a book. After that, he was done for ¿ a confirmed bookworm birdie.While his siblings and many, many cousins spent their time in flight school preparing for life as usual as a birdie, Calvin instead pursued a path he wrought himself. Striking out on a path of self-education, he spent time at the library, and even more time reading, and reading, and reading. That explains why Calvin Can¿t Fly.Though he was thought odd, this journey of educational exploration equipped Calvin with knowledge vital to the future safety and well being of his family, and he did eventually learn some of the basic starling skills such as flying as well.Our family is filled with bookworms, so Calvin¿s addiction to the written word seems completely reasonable when I read this whimsical picture book that celebrates literacy to my children. Keith Bendis¿ action filled, and at times comical illustrations add a light-hearted sense of fun to the reading experience as well.The reassuring message here is that even when faced with misunderstanding and negative peer pressure, pursuing your own dreams (even when they result in a pumped up, book-based vocabulary) is a good thing.Reviewed at
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mom of 2... Love, love, love this book. Fun, creative and a book about books! Calvin is a bookworm birdie to busy learning to read to learn how to fly. He gets into trouble when it's time to migrate but his family comes to his rescue. A favor only he can return when they later fly into a hurricane & only he knows how to save the day.
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Kindergarten_teacher_WI More than 1 year ago
This is such a great story. It is sweet and cute.It has such. a wonderful story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have bought at least 20 of these adorable books for family and friends with children. The illustrations are amazing and the story is a great lesson. Would highly recommend this book CurlygirlEB
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brielNYC More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old and his classmates absolutely love Calvin Can't Fly. He keeps it by his bedside and has asked me to read it again and again! It's a funny book wth funny characters, wonderful illustrations and a great story line. Buy it you will enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago