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Jun 08 2012

Today I will fly by Mo Willems

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Walker Books, 2012 (2007). ISBN 978 1 4063 1467 6
(Ages 4-5) Picture book, Virtues. With the look of a reader, this story in the Elephant and Piggie series is a simple tale of trying your hardest to do something even though everyone tells you that you cannot do it. Piggie wants to fly but Elephant tells him that he will not fly. He tries different schemes to be able to fly, enlisting the help of others. He never gives up and at the end of the story repeats the refrain, tomorrow I will fly.
The book has simple line drawings and no background giving it the appearance of a cheaply produced reader. Its contents are encouraging, with repetition, 2 main drawings that repeat on each page, of the elephant and pig, and a simple single theme of keeping on trying no matter what. In a class where virtues are being actively taught, or at home where the parents want to talk about doing your best, then this will have a place.
Fran Knight

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