Sat 30 Apr 2011
His favorite place to be is the library. And, he’d rather read than do just about anything else — even learn to fly.
Calvin Can’t Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie (Sterling, 2010) is written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Keith Bendis. It tells about the trouble not knowing how to fly causes Calvin.
His starling friends tease him, calling him names like “geeky beaky.” And, if that weren’t bad enough, when it comes time to fly south for the winter, Calvin doesn’t know what to do.
But his friends rise to the occasion and help Calvin migrate. Even though he still can’t fly, all the knowledge he gained reading books helps him get his friends out of a jam and reach their destination safely.
And does Calvin eventually take wing? Let’s ask today’s reviewer.
Our reviewer: Nikole (That’s the girl with the barred rock chickens sitting on her shoulders. She didn’t have easy access to a starling and thought they were a good substitute.)
Things I like to do: Play basketball, swim, listen to music, and show my chickens at the fair.
This book was about: A starling named Calvin.
The best part was when: He learned how to fly.
I laughed when: His cousins called him funny names like “geeky beaky.”
I was worried when: The hurricane hit.
I was surprised when: He learned how to fly.
This book taught me: Being smart comes in handy.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Funny.” ” Creative.” “Cute.”
My favorite line or phrase in this book is: “The air had an odd smell to it . . . the smell of DANGER!”
Other kids reading this book should watch for: How different Calvin is.
You should read this book because: It is a funny book.
If you’d like to learn more about Jennifer Berne and her other books, visit her website.
If you’d like to learn more about Keith Bendis and his other work, visit his website.
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