Sometimes You Fly Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 22 user ratings

" So Katherine Applegate really can do it all. Middle grade fiction, novels in verse, and now this stunning picture book. I am IN LOVE with not only Applegate’s beautiful poetry, but the incredibly detailed illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. Together they’ve created a classic that I want to share with my students, my daughter, my family, and my friends. This book helped me heal, helped me forgive, helped me accept. " 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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"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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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 rarely review picture books here on Goodreads because I read so many of them. But when I read this one, I knew I had to get on here and shout it to the world. This book is beautiful, both the words and the illustrations, and it carries an important lesson about the effort and time that it takes for every achievement. This book is being talked about as a natural successor to "Oh The Places You'll Go" as a book to give out to graduates. It is definitely a worthy competitor in that category. (Incidentally, another good one to give to graduates would be "Love," by Matt de la Peña) This one is a beauty!!!" said.

"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."

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"“What matters most / is what you take / from all you learn / before the cake.” Thus ends Katherine Applegate’s newest picture book, Sometimes You Fly. Each right-hand page begins with “Before…” and reveals the after through a beautiful watercolor illustration on the following page. From beginning with a first birthday through graduation, Applegate highlights the ups and downs of growing up. With the help of family and friends, children learn and grow. By trying new things, they learn what they enjoy and their strengths; something every reader can relate to. This is a wonderful picture book for the first day of Kindergarten to help ease any jitters; it explains the “bad” that happens before the good occurs. It will also remind parents of the same struggles they dealt with with their own children, and the excitement when firsts, fears, and fights were overcome." said.

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