Just in Case You Want to Fly

By: Julie Fogliano

Illustrator: Christian Robinson

Just in case you want to fly
here's some wind
and here's the sky
here's a feather
here's up high
and here's a wing from a butterfly.


This tender, contemplative picture book is about growing up. It's about parents giving their children the gifts, no matter how quiet or small, to succeed and to navigate the world on their own. And it's about the connection that binds a parent and child...because no matter how far they fly or who they become, they will always have home.

Full-color illustrations were created with paint and collage.

ISBN: 9780823443444

JLG Release: Dec 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Love , Support , Encouragement

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist*, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

Uplifting text and enchanting artwork provide encouragement for youngsters looking to dream big and journey far, as well as soothing reassurance that home will always be waiting. “Just in case you want to fly/here’s some wind/and here’s the sky.” As a smiling girl gazes out of her apartment window at laundry swaying on a clothesline, one sh Uplifting text and enchanting artwork provide encouragement for youngsters looking to dream big and journey far, as well as soothing reassurance that home will always be waiting. “Just in case you want to fly/here’s some wind/and here’s the sky.” As a smiling girl gazes out of her apartment window at laundry swaying on a clothesline, one shirt is carried away by the breeze, seemingly headed for adventures unknown and giving the impression that anything is possible. Reading with the cadence and familiarity of a favorite nursery rhyme, the verses gently outfit listeners with all of the required necessities for imaginary excursions, from “a cherry if you need a snack/and if you get itchy…a scratch on the back” to “a joke/if you want to laugh” and a tissue and a sigh “just in case you want to cry.” Loosely echoing a getting-ready-for-bed routine, the book comes to a cozy climax with the offering of “honey for your tea” and “a map/with an x on the spot/to find your way/home to me.” Done in paint and collage, the artwork utilizes simple shapes and textured brush strokes to depict an appealing cast of diverse children and an array of whimsically rendered animals and everyday objects. Striking a dream-nurturing balance between the commonplace and the magical, this lovely picture book is perfect for sharing one-on-one at bedtime or anytime.

Horn Book

Fogliano and Robinson, collaborators on the Boston Globe–Horn Book honoree When’s My Birthday? (rev. 9/17), turn philosophical in this offering. While Birth¬day was told from a child’s perspective—and an impatient one at that—Fly begins with a grownup-sounding voice: “just in case you want to fly / here’s some wi Fogliano and Robinson, collaborators on the Boston Globe–Horn Book honoree When’s My Birthday? (rev. 9/17), turn philosophical in this offering. While Birth¬day was told from a child’s perspective—and an impatient one at that—Fly begins with a grownup-sounding voice: “just in case you want to fly / here’s some wind / and here’s the sky // here’s a feather / here’s up high /and here’s a wing from a but¬terfly.” The rhyming text (whose lyrical list-y-ness recalls Goodnight Moon) contin¬ues in this somewhat sentimental vein but also sprinkles in some welcome, gentle silliness. “Here’s a joke / if you want to laugh” (while, in the illustration, “bye, son!” says a large…bison to a small one). Elsewhere we see a child skipping stones, and another paddling a giant teacup. We see a diverse group of kids singing in a chorus, and a giraffe “holding” a toothbrush. Robinson’s trademark sense of play, evident throughout the spare, geometric illustrations, enhances—and occasionally winks at—the text’s sense of wonder. The story ends with a young person asleep in bed, a pair of grownup hands tucking the child in, with several of the illustrations’ motifs (giraffe, toothbrush, teacup, and others) reappearing as decorations on the child’s blanket. It’s a refreshingly down-to-earth ending for a rather high-flown bedtime book.

Book Details

ISBN

9780823443444

First Release

December 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Holiday House

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Love, Support, Encouragement,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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