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Fly, Chick, Fly!

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
In the middle of a wood there is a chick who will not fly. "Not I!" she cries to Mother Owl and Father Owl. She flaps, she flips, she flops and hops back into the nest. Time passes and seasons change, but still she refuses to fly. Will she ever learn to let go and soar up into the open sky?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Andersen (first published January 1st 2012)
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Eleanor West
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The heart-warming story of ‘Fly, Chick, Fly!’ is about three owl chicks that leave the nest and fly to find their own homes and new lives. Except one little chick, who is too afraid. Through each season she flaps, she flips and she flops until one time she flew and found her own life too.

‘Fly, Chick, Fly!’ is a story that could support a number of curriculum areas including, geography, science, art and maths in Key Stage 1 or Year 3 in Key Stage 2. For Early years it also provides an excellent
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Fly, Chick, Fly by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross is a beautiful picture book. It is a story of courage. The story focuses on three owl chicks. The first two struggle to fly and disappear. The third chick is terrified of flying because her brother and sister never returned. Her worries prevent her from even trying to fly. Eventually she does and the circle of life continues. I thought the story was well told. The authors use imagery really well to complement the illustrations. The setting is focuse ...more
I read this sweet picture storybook to my pre-schooler today. She loved it and so did I. Great story telling for little children, depicting parents (a mother owl and father owl) working together to bring their chicks into the world and encouraging them to fly off on their own when they were old enough to leave the nest.
The moral of the story: to have courage and not let fear stop you from trying something new in life.
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emotive illustrations painted in soft colors enhance this gentle story about a young owl afraid to learn to fly. Children will definitely relate to this little owl, afraid to try something new and then succeeding.
Colette V.
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is a sweet picture book telling the story of a little owlet who is afraid to fly. Baby owl has indeed good reason to be wary: the third and last born of three chicks she has seen both her older sister and brother flapping, flipping and flopping in their efforts to master the art, and when they finally did manage to fly they never came back! Time passes and as one season merges into the next baby owl is still in the nest. In spite of the calls of Mother and Father Owl - "Fly...You belong in ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Another in my personal Jeanne Willis mini-series. She is teamed again with the wonderful Tony Ross as illustrator - the two work so well together. However, his style in this book is completely different, blurry pastels, and the contrast is very interesting. He still conveys a great deal very simply.

The story has a rhythm but I felt it was a bit more ordinary than her best. I liked the way the asynchronous hatching and fledging was tied to other natural events.
Age: Toddler+
Animal: Owls

An easy-to-read story about one little chick who just does not want to fly, fearful of the elements. My favorite part of the book is tying time with natural occurrences, such as blackberries forming green, ripening, then falling.
Not a new story, but nicely told, and the pastels will be a fresh medium for many readers. I liked how the passage of time was tied to natural events--blossoms falling, blackberries ripening--but that this was still set in a world with buildings and trains as well as trees and fields.
Gorgeous illustrations by Tony Ross, in soft pastels. An unusual medium for him, but just perfect for the subject and the text. Both Ross and Willis have used a very light touch, and every inch of every page is spot on!
This is a simple and familiar story about an owl chick who is reluctant to take her first flight.
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was lovely. With it's picturesque text and repeating phrases and its soft, pastel illustrations, this book was simply lovely.
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Love the pastel illustrations, the text and story are okay, could have had some more emotional connection to why decisions are made.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really excited by this book. For once, I like the words better than the illustrations. It's not bad, but I won't go searching for it again either.
Edward Sullivan
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Parents coax reluctant baby owl to take first flight from the nest.
Shallowreader VaVeros
This is a lovely story about gaining the courage to fly. Independence themes. It is quite rhythmic though it is not written in verse.
Sep 24, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-new
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So pretty! Lovely word imagery too, and a nice message about courage and trying new things.
Linda Atkinson
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A visual delight! And courage wins out!
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
The illustrations were pretty and really the heart of the book. The story was far from interesting, however.
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Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over 80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, includ ...more
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