Fly, Fly Again

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This is a wonderfully illustrated story that has many layers and lessons in it. On the surface, it is a great story about perseverance and teamwork. When you look beyond that, it is a story that shows a young girl who wants to fly. She uses experimentation, investigation, trial and error and the scientific process to build an airplane with the help of her neighbour and a hawk. It is a great role to see a girl in, especially in this world of STEM and trying to get females interested in science. It is also a book that teaches about flight, historical people in flight and using the world around us to learn things. This story is written in rhyme and some of the cadence is off. I don't think it was necessary to write it in this way as there I times that I think it detracts from what is happening in the story. Overall with the whimsical illustrations and interesting story, this is a book that I enjoyed. I recommend this one to be in family and school libraries.
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I read this book several times with my daughter and she loved it. She commented several times on the pretty colors and I also enjoyed the gorgeous illustrations. The main theme is that of never give up and don't let your failures stop you from trying again. It's a great STEM storybook and introduction for my daughter into flight. I admit I missed the rhyme scheme at first but my husband read it and was able to find the rhythm (he is a drummer so makes sense!). I love rhyming but I also think it can take away from the story if you are like me and can't figure it out! haha. 

Overall I think this book was super charming and beautifully done.
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A lovely children's story with the theme of determination and perseverance. Kids will love the beautiful illustrations too!!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Every child dreams of flying and this book brings the dream to life. In this story, a young girl tries to build a small aircraft and eventually reaches her goal through persistence and teamwork. This book sends positive messages to young children regarding the importance of pursuing their dreams and working with others. The illustrations are wonderfully drawn and highly engaging. I also loved the foreword by Buzz Aldrin.

On the other hand, I found the story did not flow smoothly in certain areas of the book. Additionally, some of the language is slightly advanced for the target audience; however, children who are interested in learning about lift and airplane parts may enjoy the incorporation of advanced terminology.
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Fly, Fly Again is the fun story of Jenny and her animal friends.  They are trying to build a flying machine.  Vivid imagery is evoked from the language and the rhymes as well as the beautiful illustrations.  A child's imagination will really go wild with this fantastical story.

The language is definitely advanced but this could be a great learning tool, especially for a child interested in technology.
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Fly, fly again is a lovely children's book about how to make a dream into reality. Jenny wants to fly and build an aircraft. But she doesn't get it right the first time. With the help of her friends, she tries again and again until she succeeds. 

Educational book for young readers that can learn that if you don't succeed the first time, you should keep trying.
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At first, I was unsure if the content of the book would be something that would engage my students. However, the overall presentation of the book won me over. The way the text and the illustrations worked together to support the concept of persistence and/or a growth mindset would make "Fly, Fly Again" a great book for teacher led read alouds. The illustrations are a combination of cartoon, with more realistic looking animals, on top of grid paper, which alone does not make much sense. As the book continues it is more easily seen that the illustrations supported the text's hint to the engineering process. Being able to persist in a difficult task, especially one that we have already failed at is an important concept for kids to understand. The presentation of that with the rhyming phrases would allow for this book to be utilized well in a lower grade level.
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This was a wonderful story! It will teach kids about rhyming, as well as entertaining them. They will also enjoy the illustration, like I did!
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“If at first you don’t succeed, fly, fly again!” is the theme of this book about ingenuity and persistence. 

Jenny has always dreamed of flying. We see baby Jenny swinging through the air on the mobile hanging above her crib, little girl Jenny making toy flying machines that tend to crash, and finally ten-year-old Jenny (or she looks about that age) attempting to make a real flying machine that she can take for a ride. She has a pet and a next-door-neighbor that inspire her to observe the world around her, adjust her designs, and “fly, fly again.”

This is a cute book about persistence. It shows the value of learning from your failures and then tackling a problem with a new approach. 

The best part of the book is the beautiful illustrations. They’re filled with details that give kids a lot to look at. I especially liked the blueprints labeled with aviation terms like “lift” and “thrust.”

However, I do think the language is too advanced for younger children to read on their own. There are words like “rudder,” “yaw,” and “the brothers Wright” sprinkled throughout the text. Kids might not understand these on their own, but the illustrations try to demonstrate what the terms mean. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with learning some new words! This would be a good book for parents and kids to read together.
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I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book and want to go back and spend more time looking at them and picking out all the little details. The story itself, however, just didn't seem to work.  I think the author had big intentions, but she didn't quite manage to pull it off. The words didn't quite flow the way I felt they should have, and it seems quite a stretch that the reader will learn anything about the basics of aeronautical engineering.

But I will be going back for those illustrations. 3 stars just for those.
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Jenny, a female, is the inventor in this story. She wants to learn to fly and sets out to figure out how to do it. Her first attempt ends when her inability steer her plane causes it to crash. Back to the drawing board. This time she takes the help from a friendly hawk. Her neighbor, Jude, also assists, and together they figure out how to create a model that they can steer. There is now a push in schools to encourage girls to become interested in STEM which consists of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These professional career fields are still male dominated. This book provides a positive role model.

The illustrations are charming, bright and colorful. There are words that younger children may not be familiar with - what a great teaching moment to help them become familiar with new vocabulary.
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Absolutely gorgeous illustrations accompany rhyming text to tell the story of a young girl who dreams of flying. Despite multiple setbacks, she never gives up and we get a fun story about friendship, perseverance, and friendship. I will definitely be using this one in my preschool story times.

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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This was a great book told in rhyme. I really enjoyed it because it was about a girl who persists and doesn’t give up! I love books that foster a growth mindset in kids. Her friend joins her and together they create something spectacular!
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Fly, Fly Again is a sweet, little children's novel.

I quite liked the overall story - a kid tries to learn to fly by building a machine. Add in the beautiful pictures that really paint this story, and you've got yourself a fun, little book! 

I truly love that this book opens up flying and technology to children. It feels very welcoming and open towards the fun engineering can have. It has a cute little rhyming scheme (which I never enjoy, but that's not to say that the readers won't!) that helps paint the story. I also really enjoyed the theme of never giving up, which totally fits in with learning to fly and taking part in technology and engineering.

My biggest negative about this book is that I don't think the readers will understand all of the language used within this book. The advanced language in a children's picture book just seems... off. Parents and reading buddies can definitely explain, but I think that defeats the purpose. Unless this book is going for a higher education level than I'm assuming it is.

Overall, this book is cute and a must read for parents wanting to introduce STEM to their children!
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Greenleaf Book Group LLC and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Fly, Fly Again. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Jenny is a young girl who dreams of flying and, instead of waiting until she is older, decides to design a flying machine. As her neighbor and her pet hawk look on, will Jenny be able to take the principles that she has learned about flying to make her dreams come true?

There is a lot to like about this children's book, as it is well illustrated and depicts a young girl aspiring to make a career in a science field. I liked how the author uses principles of lift and aerodynamics, telling the story in a way that children would understand. The biggest negative to the book is the author's attempt at rhyming, as it is a detraction to the story. Fly, Fly Again would have been monumentally more effective with the story following a natural progression of words, instead of a forced rhythm. This is a charming book and would be a great addition to classroom and public libraries, as well as children's bookshelves at home.
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Such a charming and uplifting book showing two children working together to fulfill their dreams! Illustrations are beautiful, and I absolutely loved the character "Kitty."
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The artwork is so pretty! This is a children's book that teaches them to never give up. We follow Jenny and her "brother". She invents something that isn't working properly so she has to keep working on and don't give up. It has rhymes, just like many of other children's books. 
I loved it! A child would love it too, expecially is they want to be an aviator.
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Great story!  My three year old loved it and my husband and I enjoyed the references to the history makers in flight. Overall a great read!
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This was an adorable little book! It's a great example for little girls to see a girl character demonstrating initiative persistence, problem solving, and something other than playing dress-up or stereotypical "girl" things. Those stories are fun too, but I love that there's been such a shift in how girls are portrayed - more empowered and able to do whatever they want to in life. I also loved the illustrations - beautiful and fun.

Some of the rhyming felt off though as I read it out loud to myself, and I'm not sure if it was my app or the file, but some of the formatting and spacing was off on some of the text. 

Overall a great book that I would happily read to my niece.
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Apart from the beautiful illustrations, the book, more specifically the text or the storyline seemed poor. I don’t expect too much technical details from a rhyming picture book, but this one seemed disjointed. I had to read it again to try to make sense of how the hawk started talking towards the end of the book and how the boy next door had a cheetah for a pet. The words didn’t seem to flow. The illustrations are good though.
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