IF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR by Holly  Meade
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IF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

To fly or not to fly is the question for a little bird weighing the pros and cons of launching into the unknown. Perched in his comfy nest, the fledgling nervously wonders if he can fly. "On the one wing," he muses, he might "flail, / flounder and / plummet, / look foolish / and fail." But "on the other wing," he might "rise high and / float free." If he endeavors, he could "sail through the trees" and "see the world"—or get very lost. As he watches other birds flying, the fledgling tentatively gives his wings a "little flap" and, before he knows it, he's flying! Meade effectively uses rhyme ("forever," "endeavor," "whether," "clever"), onomatopoeia ("flutter," "thwack," "thud," "thump," "flap") and repetition to accentuate the fledgling's inner conflict, while words like "swoop," "soar," "glide" and "dare" reinforce his eventual triumph. Stunning collages of textured linoleum block prints and watercolors span double-page spreads to showcase the wee yellow bird warily peeking out of his nest on a pine bough as he debates and imagines himself soaring as well as plummeting. Loosely applied brush strokes evoke the swooping and gliding of birds and, in one humorous sequence, the fledgling literally flutters and flaps across the page. An irresistible invitation to test those wings and fly. (Picture book. 4-8)
Pub Date: April 11th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7636-4071-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2011




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