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Flip, Flap, Fly!: A Book for Babies Everywhere

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  552 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Infectious rhymes, sunny illustrations, and an array of baby animals make an irresistible page-turner for the youngest of listeners.

Little readers are invited to join these baby animals as they fly, swim, wiggle, and slide, all with the help of their mamas. But what these babies like best, of course, is spotting other baby animals! With the buoyant rhythms of Phyllis Root
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Candlewick Press
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Just darling! Here we find many baby animals exploring the world with their mamas. This would make a wonderful read-aloud, the words just trip off the tongue and the illustrations beg for interaction as each one gives a clue to the animal that you will find when you turn the page ;-) An especially good choice for mothers to read with their little ones.
Sara Jones
So, so, so sweet! This book makes my uterus ache. And the illustrations are too precious for words.
May 30, 2014 Saul rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect! Beautiful rhyme and rhythm; we learn about colors, animals, their locomotion and habitat. After every other page, the book prompts the child to shout out the next animal, which really gets them into the story. My daughter learned that snakes "wiggle wiggle!" from this book, and even after I convinced her that they say "hiss", she always adds a couple "wiggle wiggle"s to make sure I remember.

At the end, "the mama and the baby child kiss like this", which makes it a great bed
Lesley Dahlseng
Jul 25, 2014 Lesley Dahlseng rated it it was amazing
I love a book that can be simple enough for an 18 month old to learn basic information, yet is creative enough for an adult to enjoy. 'Flip, Flap, Fly!' accomplishes this. This book reminds me of "Over in the Meadow' with its introduction of different creatures and what they are doing. We are taken from one baby animal exploring its surrounding to yet another, while the rhymes help us anticipate each page turn's new discovery. Very sweet. The illustrations are simple with soft and cheerful color ...more
I love children's books that rhyme, so I was predisposed to like this book anyway. The illustrations are beautiful and very child-friendly. (I would use the word "cute" here to describe the illustrations, but that word is just not allowed when discussing a book.) The children in storytime really enjoyed figuring out what animal was going to come next based on rhyming ("What animal rhymes with 'house,'" I would ask them.) and little clues, such as the tail feathers of a duck peeking out on the ed ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Phyllis Root as usual has done a fabulous job. Flip, Flap, Fly! is fun and cute and perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. The action words with their alliteration and assonance roll off the tongue when read aloud. The page turn guessing setup allows children to practice predicting what comes next based on the little bit of the next animal they can see and the previous rhyme (promoting phonemic awareness to boot!). David Walker's acrylic illustrations have a soft glow to them that perfectly suit ...more
Awesome! I knew I was in for something great when I found an author I loved from Ten Sleepy Sheep by Phyllis Root, possibly my favorite board book and illustrated by my other favorite board book Bears on Chairs and newly released Bears in Beds illustrated by David Walker. Seeing those two listed together, this book had to be great! We borrowed the book from the library and I've already reserved the board book to pick up at our local Barnes & Noble.

This story has it all that I like. One it's
A picture book in rhyme about animal babies that ends with a human baby/child. This book has a nice rhythm and has the reader guess what animal will be on the name page. The reader can see part of the creature and is given a rhyming word to help.

Theme: animals, Mother's Day, babies
Meg McGregor
Jul 02, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-lexi
Little ones will truly be able to identify with all the baby animals in this adorable book.

Not only is there a baby bird, but there is also a baby fish, snake, otter, duck, mouse, and even a baby child.

Delightfully lyrical text and soft illustrations add to the fun of this book!
Mar 29, 2015 jacky rated it liked it
Shelves: lib-lew, board-books
This says its for babies, but Natalie and William both enjoyed it. Natalie read some of the words. William identified the animals. And they both filled in the rhyming word when I paused.
Feb 23, 2014 Libby rated it really liked it
I love the rhythm of the rhymes, the pictures, some of the nonsensical, yet descriptive words, and that it highlights sort of unique animals. My 1-year-old really likes this one too.
Aug 02, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: For Babies everywhere & toddlers and preschoolers too possibly!
So cute! Rhyming, and fun words like "skedaddle!" I checked this book out at the library for Payton (my niece) about a week a go. I had no idea how cute it would be. It's basically about baby animals of all kind moving the way they are to move (bird - fly, fish - swim, duck - paddle) with the help from their mommy. The cool thing I noticed was the neat little illustrations...each duo (mama & baby) see the next duo, which leads to the next page. For example, on the edge of the page with the f ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Libby is currently reading it
As babies are building their vocabulary daily, rhyming text introduces the child to the playful sounds inherent in language. Flip, Flap, Fly! is a picture book featuring rhyming text and is a book that when used during shared reading will promote the child’s phonological awareness skills. As the child’s speech and language develops, the shared reading experience of a picture book such as this puts into practice the practice of singing and talking which engage the baby’s use of tongue, mouth and ...more
Dani Paiz
Apr 03, 2014 Dani Paiz rated it really liked it
A good book for younger children from 0-3. The story rhymes and has a very bouncy rhythm to it. It would help phonological awareness and letter knowledge.
May 28, 2014 Eileen rated it it was amazing
Baby animals, the colors found in nature, sing-song text, page-turn surprises, and ending with a kiss for mother and child.
Mary Luzader
Aug 23, 2014 Mary Luzader rated it really liked it
This cute picture book for toddlers introduces readers to different animals and their motions and actions.
Jun 26, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
SUPER CUTE!!!! The animals made me go awww. The mammals could've used a little more detail
Megan Richards
Cute book, try it out during baby story time. Great rhythm and sound...and babies.
Dec 23, 2015 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Cute illustrations, corny rhymes about mamas and their babies at play
Feb 04, 2015 Aprils rated it really liked it
It's fun to have kids guess what the next animal will be!
Apr 28, 2014 Ame rated it it was amazing
Awesome rhythm to this book about baby animals/hoo-mans.
Mar 15, 2011 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I loved this book! My twin boys-18 months- and I, took this book out of the library the other day, and love it. We've read it at bedtime, and they fully pay attention with all it's run rhyming. We could probably read it every night but we had to return it sometime! They both really enjoy it, and the mommy and the child part, where they "kiss kiss kiss", I especially enjoy because the boys love giving smooches at this point in the story and it's a good way to say good night. I would definitely re ...more
Kelly Coates
Dec 24, 2015 Kelly Coates rated it really liked it
This is a short, fun, rhyming book
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
There are babies everywhere, and they all love to explore. As their mommies help them go along their way, they discover a lot of other baby creatures.

This is one of our favorites. It combines a lot of great things -- colorful illustrations, great rhymes, plenty of baby animals and a fun pattern and playful rhythm. There's a lot of detail to look at and interest little readers, but it's not overwhelming. It's fun to give each of the animals their own voice and follow their paths as they discover
Katie Fitzgerald
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Nell Adams
Jul 16, 2015 Nell Adams rated it it was ok
This is a cute story about mamas and their little ones. It goes like this, a baby bird sees a fish, a baby fish sees a snake, a baby snake sees an otter, a baby otter sees a duck, a baby duck sees a mouse, a baby mouse sees a child. All of these babies are getting help from their mama. The pictures are detailed and colorful while the wording on the page is easy and flows. A teacher could use this book as a mother's day book or just when the children talk about their mothers.
Jan 22, 2014 Brandi rated it really liked it
A cute rhyming picture book of baby animals learning to move for the first time. Sweet illustrations.
Oct 02, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing
I love this book!!! The illustrations are just adorable and the rhythm of the text is wonderful! It's a sweet book about baby learning to move around on their own and explore. They have their mama's help, of course. The text follows one animal and leads into the next. The illustrations on the lead in pages have the tail of the next animal in them so you can guess what animal is coming next. This is a great book, a definite keeper.
Sunnyvale Librarian
Phyllis Root offers an interactive read aloud that reinforces the importance of rhyming as a pre-reading skill. Throughout the tale, mother animals encourage their young to move with an appropriate action: "So the mama helps the baby fish splish splash swim through the weeks and the reeds in the green, green lake. 'Look!' blurps the baby fish. 'I see a ...'" Children will enjoy the rhyming game as the story progresses.
May 26, 2010 Goodworth1 rated it it was amazing
A great book for older babies and young toddlers. The prose is lilting and fun for them to listen to, and the illustrations are wonderful as well. My 2.5 year old loved looking for the hidden baby animals and guessing what animal was being noticed. This was a sweet book and I highly recommend it for the littlest children. It was a big hit with my 11 month old and 30 month old.
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"Picture books are performances," says Phyllis Root, quoting some sage advice she once received. "They're performances that involve a child--something both of you do. And once I started thinking of them that way, I started getting much looser about making up words and playing around with rhythm."

Phyllis Root picked up an early affinity for colloquial language while growing up in Indiana and south
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