Sometimes You Fly Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings

" Really love this book! It would make a great graduation gift book. It also is a good book to remind students that in order to be successful we fail as we learn and that is ok. Good book to talk about the "Growth Mindset" of maybe not being able to do something "yet" but we will get there. The text is very simple but I don't think younger children will grasp the significance of failure/struggle before accomplishment. " said.

"Katherine Applegate & Jennifer Black Reinhardt teamed to make a charming children's book, Sometimes you Fly. It starts with a 1 year old's party & explores many monumental stages of growing up. Great choice for a graduate, new parents or a birthday child. Booklist reviews this as a natural successor to Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! I agree. The illustrations are whimsical & sweet. This book is a positive journey through life's lessons, some delightful and some difficult, on growing up." said.

" This seems like a book to give as a graduation gift or for adults to read for specific purposes. It shows all the work and growth that comes before the big accomplishment (riding a roller coaster, making a team, learning to drive, etc.). It is partly focused on milestones leading up to graduation and then goes broader into lessons that apply to all of us--basically, the importance of a growth mindset. " said.

"A lovely picture book that reminds readers about all of the challenges of childhood, and some of the failures. The experiences of the children pictured demonstrate how tenacity, persistence, and adaptability eventually lead to personal growth and positive results: "But when we break we learn to mend. When breezes blow we learn to bend." Whether it's a broken vase, a fall on roller skates, or a lost balloon, readers will recognize their own childhood in these charming, whimsical ink and watercolor illustrations by artist Jennifer Black Reinhardt. " said.

"I would like to give this 4.5 stars because I think it is more accessible for grown-ups than for kids, but it is a beautiful book. the prose is lovely, the artwork is precious and the message made me teary (that may not entirely be the book's fault). The only reason I think it might be a little less accessible for little ones is that so much happens in the pictures and the story is held almost above the prose. they like
y wouldn't u derstandtge story without some significant extra talking from their grown-ups...which shouldn't really be an issue. Loved it.
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"Audience: K-4
Connections: cause/effect, growing up, SEL

This is an example of how the illustrations make up most of the story in a children's Picture Book.

As the book begins, we see struggles followed by successes in often humorous, sometimes melancholy illustrations. Jennifer Black Reinhardt's ink and watercolor illustrations convey a sense of verisimilitude that most readers will appreciate.

Though I like the illustrations and the message is an important one, this book is likely to appeal to older readers. As the front flap states, "this book [is] perfect for new parents, recent grads, or anyone reaching for the sky."

Booklist Starred Review
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Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of Sometimes you Fly. All opinions are my own.
Katherine Applegate’s writing ia always hearfelt, whether it’s in a novel or a picture book. Sometimes you Fly is no exception. This simple, poetic text is perfect for anyone making a choice or making a change, anyone at a turning point in life. We can learn from every experience in life and everyone we meet along the way. Jennifer Black Reinhardt’s illustrations are a fitting companion to the text. This would make a great gift book for a graduate or someone embarking on a new path.
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"I wish I could have read this one a little slower, yet I was short on time. But, that's kind of ironic isn't it since the whole premise of the book is that times gonna fly and you will too once you've done so much first. I liked the idea of the story. I thought it was an interesting take that I haven't really seen before. Like I said though, it was read fast, so I wasn't really able to take it all in, or enjoy- or maybe not enjoy- the illustrations.

It should probably be four stars because I just feel like I really liked it, but without having given it my full attention it's not really fair to give it the extra one right now.
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