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Calvin Can't Fly : The Story of a Bookworm Birdie
by Jennifer Berne and Keith Bendis


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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More About Calvin Can't Fly by Jennifer Berne; Keith Bendis
 
 
 
Overview
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 make this a true celebration of the pleasures of reading

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781402773235
  • ISBN-10: 1402773234
  • Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc
  • Publish Date: September 2010
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-UP
  • Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.25 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Birds
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Books & Libraries

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-08-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

In a lively children's book debut, Bendis contributes gouache cartoons that bring action and droll wit to Berne's (Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau) story about valuable experiences to be found both inside and outside books. Young starling Calvin--humorously depicted as a squarish, wide-eyed bird with long, spindly legs--is a loner. While his seven siblings and more than 67,000 cousins ("Starlings have big families") learn how to fly, Calvin spends his days reading. Hurt by taunts of "nerdy birdie" and "geeky beaky," the book lover waddles to the library, "the only place where he was happy." When it's time to head south for the winter and Calvin still doesn't know how to fly, the other starlings gamely tie strings to him to tow him along. An approaching hurricane gives Calvin a chance to show off his book smarts ("We need to get out of the path of a violent, tropical weather system, which... will not diminish until it encounters large stretches of landmass!"). Regular doses of humor in the text and art happily keep the story from migrating into sentimentality. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

 
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