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Fly Homer Fly

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  191 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Homer the farm pigeon learns that city life is not as glamorous as he imagined.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 23rd 1979 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1973)
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Mar 22, 2013 Joe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bill Peet fans, young or old
Bill Peet hits the sweet spot somewhere around age 5 or 6 — at least, he did for my boys and now does for my grandson, who is 5. The kid has to be old enough to handle a measure of darkness in Peet’s landscapes. His cityscapes remind me of R. Crumb with all the wires overhead and all the garbage underfoot. There’s a darkness in some of his human characters as well, who usually have a Depression-era air of desperation, such as Mr. Frenzy who is the driving character of Jennifer and Josephine and ...more
Jorie Turner
Dec 02, 2007 Jorie Turner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grades k-3
Shelves: fiction
Summary: Homer was a pigeon that lived out on a farm in the middle of nowhere. He lived alone in the rafters of an old barn. A storm came one afternoon and a sparrow named Sparky came into Homer’s life. Sparky convinces Homer to fly to Mammoth City and join the other birds at Pigeon Plaza where people feed the birds all day. Once the birds arrive in the polluted city Homer has to fight for his food. He gets a big piece of raisin bread and a bully bird tries to steal it from Homer. Home then push ...more
“Fly Homer Fly” is a brilliant children’s book from Bill Peet and it is about how a lonely pigeon named Homer finds a friend in Sparky the sparrow when he tries to see what life is like in the big city. “Fly Homer Fly” is a lovely story about true friendship that children will love for many years.

Bill Peet’s illustrations are beautiful, especially of the images of Homer and the other pigeons in Pigeon Plaza as the pigeons look different from each other since they have different colors and shapes
Jun 02, 2016 Hope rated it really liked it
Another darling Bill Peet book about the adventures of a country pigeon who visits the big city.
Homer has lived in the country all his life. He has plenty to eat, living in his barn, with bugs all around during the summer months, and having plenty of chicken feed in the winter. He's a bit lonely, but content to live where he is. Then, one day, a sparrow gets blown in by a storm, and tells him all about the big city, where he lives. Excited, Homer decides to visit, but finds that city life it is
Stephanie A.
Jan 26, 2013 Stephanie A. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
As much as I love his made-up creatures, it's wonderful when he gives a voice to ordinary critters, as seen here in the country pigeon/city sparrow contrast (I've personally never seen a pigeon outside a city, but that's a minor nitpick). One of the longer and more complex stories, Homer finds himself in all kinds of escapades, from a pigeon mob (I always laugh when he knocks the big bully into the fountain) to the building demolition job that busts his wing. The ultimate solution to this proble ...more
Matthew Moes
Aug 09, 2015 Matthew Moes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Like a good children's book should, "Fly Homer Fly" has great life lessons that are simplified into a beautiful short story for children. The illustrations evoke a sense of blue longing for something. Homer leaves his country home and find disillusionment with the dangerous city and its mean birds. Isn't there something to be said about all our so-called progress and our relentless search for something better when all that really matters is already at our fingertips and requires only our appreci ...more
Sonya Huser
Feb 27, 2010 Sonya Huser rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Homer the country pigeon is convinced by Sparky the sparrow to come to the city with him, where Homer gets injured. Sparky and six of his friends come up with a clever plan to get Homer home safely, and decide not to return to the smoggy city, but live out their lives peacefully in the country with their new friend.
Sep 14, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Hmm... This seems like a repeating theme in Bill Peet's books. The city is compared to country life, and found wanting. This time, it's a pigeon who journeys to the city in search of excitement, only to find smog and cutthroat competition. Will he get used to it, or make his way back to the country?
Homer, the pigeon is lonely until Sparky is blown in by a storm from the city. When Homer visits the city with Sparky, he decides city is not the place he likes to live and wants to return home. When Homer is injured Sparky and friends stage a daring rescue.
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Bill Peet was an American children's book illustrator and a story writer for Disney Studios. He joined Disney in 1937 and worked on The Jungle Book, Song of the South, Cinderella, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, Goliath II, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, Pinocchio, Fantasia, The Three Caballeros, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other stories.

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