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Mel Fell



written and illustrated by
Corey R. Tabor

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Balzer + Bray
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780062878014

Awards and Honors
2021 Barnes & Noble Children & Young Adult Shortlist Honoree
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From Geisel Award–winning author-illustrator Corey Tabor comes a tale about self-confidence and taking a leap of faith, starring an adorable, brave kingfisher.

Sometimes, you might fall
down,
down,
down,
before you learn to fly
up,
up,
up. . .

A charming and innovative tale about a plucky little bird, from the award-winning author of Fox the Tiger.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Baby birds. Kingfishers. Animals. Flight. New experiences.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

This playful book tells the story of a small bird who is eager to fly. When Mama leaves the tree one day, Mel jumps, and readers follow her freefall, beak pointed straight at the ground—a moment made even more dramatic by the vertical orientation of this book. As she falls, she passes other tree-dwellers who try to catch her—squirrels, owls, a spider, and more (all their dialogue is captured in speech bubbles). When she splashes into the water below, readers are instructed, via smaller font, to turn the book clockwise, and then once again to follow her path back up (“She flew!”) with a fish in her beak. She passes the same creatures on her flight up, all of whom cheer her on, the spider even weaving a “yay” for Mel in its web. There’s a good deal of humor in this lighthearted story; a slug keeps promising to help but never makes it far, and a fly is liberated (“I’m free!”) from the spider’s web when Mel falls through it. Tabor’s relaxed, loose-lined illustrations capture the energy of the fall as well as Mel’s endearing, determined personality. A short closing note from the author states that Mel is a kingfisher and that kingfishers are unlikely to catch fish the first time they fly—but that “Mel is a very special bird.” Indeed. JULIE DANIELSON

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

This playful book tells the story of a small bird who is eager to fly. When Mama leaves the tree one day, Mel jumps, and readers follow her freefall, beak pointed straight at the ground—a moment made even more dramatic by the vertical orientation of this book. As she falls, she passes other tree-dwellers who try to catch her—squirrels, owls, a spider, and more (all their dialogue is captured in speech bubbles). When she splashes into the water below, readers are instructed, via smaller font, to turn the book clockwise, and then once again to follow her path back up (“She flew!”) with a fish in her beak. She passes the same creatures on her flight up, all of whom cheer her on, the spider even weaving a “yay” for Mel in its web. There’s a good deal of humor in this lighthearted story; a slug keeps promising to help but never makes it far, and a fly is liberated (“I’m free!”) from the spider’s web when Mel falls through it. Tabor’s relaxed, loose-lined illustrations capture the energy of the fall as well as Mel’s endearing, determined personality. A short closing note from the author states that Mel is a kingfisher and that kingfishers are unlikely to catch fish the first time they fly—but that “Mel is a very special bird.” Indeed. JULIE DANIELSON

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