Reviewed by Cathy Yanda for Reader Views (06/06)
“Blue the Bird on Flying” is a wonderful book for beginning readers or for parents to read aloud to younger children. Blue the Bird does not want to fly. When he is young, he can fly on the backs of his friends but later they want to fly with other friends. When Blue the Bird decides to jump on the back to make a new friend, the young bird starts to fall. Blue the Bird realizes his new friend is too young to carry him. Instinctively, Blue the Bird spreads his wings and flies the young bird to safety.
Craig Van Wechel beautifully illustrates a lesson in independence and self-esteem for all. The vibrant colors of the pictures will draw any young child into the story and have them coming back for more. It is my hope the author and illustrator collaborate on another book in the near future.
While only 38 pages, this precious story will be read and re-read for years by you and your children.