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

Published by Sterling Children’s Books

Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8

Publishers Summary: 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!

The Turkeybird Speaks: “This bird is so cool! When all the other birds are out learning the silly stuff we all know about, he’s reading. Which I love to do! One of my favorite pictures in the book is when all the birds in his nest are dreaming about bugs, but Calvin is dreaming about a horse and knight. How cool is that?!

“I think I like Calvin most because I’m a lot like him. Before I did a lot of other things my mom and dad thought I would I was already reading. Calvin even ends up saving the day because he can read. Oh, and it’s pretty neat…he likes dinosaurs just as much as I do. This is such a great book! If you have a kid my age who likes to read, you really have to get this for them, they’ll love it!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “Calvin the Starling is just a bookworm bird. With no other loves in the world and no friends who like what he does, he knows he can always curl up with a good book to pass the time. He reads about great adventures, science & math and even places where his wings would not carry him. But there’s a good reason for that…Calvin can’t fly. No matter how much he’s made fun of or how much others try to help Calvin just can’t seem to take flight. Until one day when his bookish ways prove to be worthwhile and he’s able to rush in to save the day. He becomes the hero, learns to fly, and best of all…he shows all his friends just how great a book truly can be.

“Such an endearing story! Quite honestly, no matter your age, if you are a book lover you will love this book and most of all, Calvin. He’s a sweet little bird with an aptitude for reading, much like many of my readers viewing this review today. Unfortunately for Calvin his love of reading gets in the way of a rather big discipline for birds, flying and when it comes time for migration he’s left behind. So sad. Who in their right mind would want to leave behind a book loving birdie? So, with as much help as his friends can muster and the occasional tease about his reading habits, they set out to teach him to fly.

Calvin Can’t Fly is an adorable book. Book lovers everywhere must have a copy of their own to fall in love with. What’s so wonderful about the story is how Calvin and his friends work together to come to an understanding. Too much of any one thing can sometimes lead to problems, but if we can work together and live a balanced life we can find happiness and help others. Such a delightful story, an endearing character, perfect illustrations and best of all…Calvin teaches all his friends to love reading! It doesn’t get much better than that!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 and up. Anyone who loves books will love this story! If you have a little one not extremely fond of books this may also be the perfect segue into why books can be important and enjoyed.

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3 Responses to Book Review: Calvin Can’t Fly – The Story of a Bookworm Birdie by Jennifer Berne

  1. Gina says:

    Now how can I possibly say no to this one! Being a bookworm myself, it certainly is appealing and I agree….looks and sounds like a fun read for all ages. Thanks for the great review guys!

  2. Dawn says:

    Omgosh, I have to read this!!

  3. I came across this book in my PW magazine did a search on the web and your site came up. I think my little one who is almost 2 will enjoy this! I really enjoy your site by the way. =)

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