Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight

Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight

by David Anderson


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ISBN-13: 9780991800322
Publisher: Underdog Books
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Pages: 98
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.20(d)

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Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Charlie Sparrow has no idea that he can fly till he falls from the top of the banister in the story Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight: Tales of Tree City Book 1 by D.F. Anderson. Charlie holds out his wings and he realizes that he is floating. He lands safely on the tree below and wants to do it again. Though Mr and Mrs Sparrow feel that it is a fall, Charlie is thinking of the image of himself drifting through the air. The same thing happens when Charlie goes to Cedar Swing Park. He swings so high that he is shot off the swing. Charlie does not panic; instead he holds out his wings and manages to land in one piece. Mrs Sparrow is worried and she calls Doctor Nightingale, who diagnoses Charlie with 'the Leap.' It is a Leaping Syndrome which urges even the most vulnerable birds to jump off beds, chairs, tables, and counter tops. Will Charlie be cured and, if so, what is the cure for the Leap? Charlie also wants to find out more about the Leap, feather plucking, and flying. Will he succeed? Birds have wings and Charlie is proud of his discovery. The theme is interesting and original and the author takes readers into the world of Charlie and other birds with the story and beautiful black and white illustrations. It is a good book for bedtime story-telling and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms. All the characters in the story will keep young readers entertained and it is good to note how Doctor Percy explains 'the Leap' to Charlie. The detailed narration and the fluidity in expression give a good pace and movement to the story. Children will love Charlie and this story, and will want to read Book 2.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ulrika Nilsson for Readers' Favorite I am always delighted when I get to read a book that inspires to thoughtfulness. And to find a children's book that does exactly that is truly wonderful! In the book "Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight" the talented author David Anderson manages to address the very common actions of parents - or adults in general - who, instead of encouraging children to try out their own talents through trial and error, simply through fear-based "rules" hinder their children's development, and in worst cases, their personal talents or their spirit. In the book we get to follow Charlie through his desire and attempts to do what his inner voice - his very nature - encourages him to do, to fly. The adults around him including his parents are, however, despite their best intentions, fearfully worried about his actions and try their very best to stop him. In "Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight" David Anderson does not only tell a moral story but he is doing it in a very entertaining and compassionate way, and that in a language easily understood even by younger children. The fun illustrations in the book, which appeal to younger children, only enhance the reading experience. It is fun to actually get to see the colorful individual Charlie. If you are looking for a children's book that is not only interesting to children but also includes a moral story and yet at the same time is FUN for the adult reader to read, then you have got that book right here. It is a treasure.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Charlie Sparrow was going to help his Dad fix the guard rails in Tree City. The guard rails are there so no bird falls out of the tree they live in. In Charlie’s world, none of the birds fly. They actually don’t know they can fly! While Charlie is helping his dad, he slips and falls, but when he spreads his arms something miraculous happens! He floats down and lands softly below. Charlie realizes there is something special about the feathers on his arms. His parents take Charlie to see Doctor Nightingale. He says Charlie has Leaping Syndrome. The doctor recommends clipping Charlie’s feathers! Charlie needs to find out why feathers are special before he is plucked! The story in the book was good. The plot had a message about how one person can make a change, even if it means going up against a whole bunch of people who don’t believe you. Charlie was a very good main character. He was brave and believed in himself. I really like the message the book gave. I didn’t care for the illustrations in the book and thought they didn’t really add to the story. The book was a quick read for me, but I didn’t think the story was cut short because of it. **NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
David pens "Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight" in a truly unique plot about birds that cannot fly. The author touches on the subject of being different and acceptance in such a way that my 6 year old nephew could understand and relate to. I was impressed with the simple, yet message yielding illustrations throughout the book that make the whole story line come to life. A total must read for children ages 6 and up, and also for adults. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Charlie Sparrow is very young and according to his parents he is acting strange by jumping from heights.  This is not normal behavior he could harm himself.  He has such long feathers that are out of the ordinary.  His parents have always cut their feather back because they just get in the way.  Especially for his father because he builds staircases to the very tops of the trees.  Now it will be necessary to have Charlie's feathers completely removed.   Charlie is determined to keep his feathers.  His parents are so concerned he would end up hurting himself or worse.  They must find someone to help him. The author has a great imagination and a fun sense of humor.  This really makes you think of how things can be turned around to make an entertaining story.  You will also learn that it is okay to be different.  I may be wrong but this type of illustration is probably appealing to children because it is not so unlike when they color a picture.   I recommend this book. Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.