George Flies South

By: Simon James

George isn’t quite ready to fly. So what will he do when a gust of wind blows his nest out of a tree—with George inside? Full-color illustrations were created in ink and watercolor.

ISBN: 9780763657246

JLG Release: Dec 2011


Sensitive Areas: No sensitve areas
Topics: Birds , Animals in their infancy , Flight , Nests , Migration

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Young George is particularly reluctant to leave the nest even though he should be learning to fly to head south before winter. “I think I like my nest best./Will you get some worms, Mom?/I’ll stay here.” Then a big gust of wind takes the nest and George with it off on a wild adventure. Soft watercolor illustrations show an amazing Young George is particularly reluctant to leave the nest even though he should be learning to fly to head south before winter. “I think I like my nest best./Will you get some worms, Mom?/I’ll stay here.” Then a big gust of wind takes the nest and George with it off on a wild adventure. Soft watercolor illustrations show an amazingly calm bird sailing into more and more precarious positions, tracked by his distressed mama. With his nest beneath him, he still feels somewhat safe but ultimately this security falls apart and George must try to fly on his own. Full of detail and heart, the illustrations bring the story to life. This spare book is beautifully designed from its charming endpapers to the climactic and satisfying final spread.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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It’s autumn, and other birds are heading south, but George is not interested in learning to fly. He likes his nest best. But while his mother is off getting him some worms, a gust of wind turns the stationary nest into a flying saucer and brings George an adventure much more exciting than wings ever could. Landing on a car, George and his nes It’s autumn, and other birds are heading south, but George is not interested in learning to fly. He likes his nest best. But while his mother is off getting him some worms, a gust of wind turns the stationary nest into a flying saucer and brings George an adventure much more exciting than wings ever could. Landing on a car, George and his nest head south, only to be flung into the air again and again—onto a boat, then up to a skyscraper building site, where his only option is down unless he chooses to fly. James’s airy pen-and-ink style, this time with a muted, watery palette, is the perfect foil for the cheerful, unflappable George and his mother, who follows her offspring from a safe, encouraging distance. Layout varies from spread to spread, using panels to show action (or inaction); changes in perspective make for a satisfying design. While George’s mother calls out instructions, it is clear that she is just a coach and that George is going to have to figure out the whole flying thing for himself. And he does. Like his young readers, George faces dangers and challenges from the safety of his nest and, when the nest is gone, discovers the joys of independence. Whether a reminder to parents of children’s competence or an encouragement for late bloomers, this one will be a favorite for families facing the many stages of independence, from the first day of kindergarten to the empty nest.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763657246

First Release

December 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9 1/16" x 11"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 1.6; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD490L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitve areas

Topics

Birds, Animals in their infancy, Flight, Nests, Migration,

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