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BECOME A BIRD AND FLY! by Michael Elsohn Ross


by Michael Elsohn Ross & illustrated by Peter Parnall

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 1-56294-074-0
Publisher: Millbrook

 Nicky likes to imagine flying like a bird; one day, his neighbor Avis tells him exactly how to become one: ``Close your eyes...let your thoughts take wing,'' and imagine growing lighter, more streamlined. ``Your heavy teeth fall out. Your jaws turn into a beak,'' and so on. As the text describes the changes that would occur, David gradually becomes a pelican, skillfully depicted in Parnall's trademark art: elegantly limned, with copious white space and angular swatches of color (here, several yellows and a rather pallid sky-blue). For the imaginative reader, it's a fairly effective way to contrast the two anatomies, with more scientific detail and less anthropomorphic drama than Joanne Ryder brings to her ``Just for a Day'' books (Catching the Wind, 1989). Not essential but attractive, and a valid supplementary approach to the subject. (Picture book. 5-8)