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Sometimes You Fly

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  648 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text remind the reader that any achievement may be preceded by mistakes, and learning from them makes accomplishments sweeter.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Clarion Books (first published 2018)
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La Coccinelle
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This book is so sweet. I can't help but think it's also pretty... meme-able (is that a word?), in that its little verses and pictures are cute reminders of things that all of us would do well to remember when we make mistakes.

The rhyming verse is simple but meaningful, and the illustrations are adorable. I can't find much to complain about here. This is a great picture book for those who are still learning and growing... which is pretty much everyone, really.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the message in this
Sweet story. Not digging the illustrations.
Sara A.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An adorable book that is good for both kids and adults alike. A foreshadowing for children in what awaits them in life and to remember to always get back up and a reminder to adults of what happens in life and to always get back up.
First sentence: Before the cake...before the peas...before the laugh...before the seas...before the blocks...before the grow...

Premise/plot: Sometimes You Fly is a picture book for older readers. In fact, it is a picture book for young adults or "new adults." It is a reflective, near-poetic glance backwards at all of life's little-and-big moments of growing and coming-of-age. This sequence is carried mainly by the illustrations.

My thoughts: I liked this one. I'm not sure I loved, loved, loved
Westminster Library
Failure often precedes success but for young kids this can be a hard lesson to learn. In a manner similar to books such as Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! Applegate uses simple rhyming text to show that the winding journey should be enjoyed just as much as getting to the destination, wherever that may be.

Find Sometimes You Fly at the Westminster Public Library!
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I really liked this book. It's got a great message that not everything is a success, but that sometimes it is, and life is full of ups and downs and lessons to learn. The illustrations are full of emotion without being sappy, and I love the multicultural cast.
Faith Tydings
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, mk
MK liked this one. Would make a good gift for new parents.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-alena
This is a very good teaching book. People learn, grow, and change. Time and experience transform us. I like the concept and the illustrations. "Sometimes you fail, sometimes you fly." Simple and true.
Linda Quinn
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really sweet illustrations and a simple rhyming text that reminds children (and adults) that it's okay to try new things and fail, that accomplishment can be sweeter after a few tries.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the hardest lessons to learn in life is to get back up after failure. This never gets easier as we get older, we just learn how to do it quicker and with less heartache (most of the time).

As parents, one of the greatest gifts we can give our child is the opportunity to make a mistake and to fail but also to encourage them to try again. That this one moment will not define them - that they will make it through. The unknown is scary, even more so for young adults and children who have never
I read this book with my 6 year old; we both liked it, but the format was a big distraction. The first 2/3rds of the book didn't have many words. Most of the story is told in the pictures. I wouldn't have minded this, but the pictures that go together are front and back. I did take the time to help my son work out what was happening in the pictures, but we spent a lot of time flipping back and forth in the book. It would have helped tremendously if the pages had been laid out facing each other ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Meant to be a graduations book. Not that great.
Lynn  Davidson
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story to encourage the reader who struggles or fails before succeeding - to stick with it - and fly! Lovely illustrations.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Good motivational book on teaching kids to enjoy and learn as we walk (or fly) through life.
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

Before the cake...
before the peas...
before the laugh...
before the seas...

So begins the heartfelt, sweet and wonderfully illustrated picture book Sometimes You Fly by Newbery Medal winner Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan), illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt (Blue Ethel).

A starred review from Booklist (a snippet of which is also quoted on the book jacket) notes Sometimes You Fly as a 'natural successor' to the perennial graduation gift Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. And
Stephanie Bange
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Katherine Applegate gives us another alternative inspirational gift book for recent grads of all grades... This charmer is sure to be a classic gift book in the future. The gentle rhyming text with its calm rhythms and utterly sweet nature for all age readers.

Rhyming text offers many examples of mistakes many have made in the past, encouraging the reader to take the lesson to heart and apply it in the future.

Jennifer Black Reinhardt's ink and watercolor illustrations are filled with charm and
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Applegate, Katherine Sometimes You Fly Illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt PICTURE BOOK Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin), 2018. $18. Content: G.

This book explores how in life we have all kinds of experiences. Before the accomplishments, we have to learn and sometimes overcome hardships. The pride or disappointment is just part of the process of learning new things. This is a simple poem with 3-4 word lines on each page. The illustrations are whimsical and reflect the different times in our
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Remember, then, with every try, sometimes you fail… sometimes you fly.

Sometimes You Fly
by Katherine Applegate is a 2019 Notable Poetry Book by the NCTE Award for Excellence in Children’s Poetry Committee. This picture book is perfect for any age because it teaches an important life lesson: you will have many ups and downs in life, but it is important to learn from mistakes in order to become successful. The story contains simple rhyming verses that will engage all readers. The illustrations
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
“What matters most / is what you take / from all you learn / before the cake.” Thus ends Katherine Applegate’s newest picture book, Sometimes You Fly. Each right-hand page begins with “Before…” and reveals the after through a beautiful watercolor illustration on the following page. From beginning with a first birthday through graduation, Applegate highlights the ups and downs of growing up. With the help of family and friends, children learn and grow. By trying new things, they learn what they ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A Allen
Sep 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book missed opportunities to include a same-sex couples and disabled people which was very disappointing. All the images are of a single parent with children, a hetero-appearing couple (with or without a child), or a child among other children and none of the characters have a visible disability. I also feel that the story follows a narrow path; for example, one can feel pride in many things other than graduating from high school or college and love can look very different than cishet white ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-lms
Audience: K-4
Connections: cause/effect, growing up, SEL

This is an example of how the illustrations make up most of the story in a children's Picture Book.

As the book begins, we see struggles followed by successes in often humorous, sometimes melancholy illustrations. Jennifer Black Reinhardt's ink and watercolor illustrations convey a sense of verisimilitude that most readers will appreciate.

Though I like the illustrations and the message is an important one, this book is likely to appeal to
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Katherine Applegate’s writing ia always hearfelt, whether it’s in a novel or a picture book. Sometimes you Fly is no exception. This simple, poetic text is perfect for anyone making a choice or making a change, anyone at a turning point in life. We can learn from every experience in life and everyone we meet along the way. Jennifer Black Reinhardt’s illustrations are a
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I rarely review picture books here on Goodreads because I read so many of them. But when I read this one, I knew I had to get on here and shout it to the world. This book is beautiful, both the words and the illustrations, and it carries an important lesson about the effort and time that it takes for every achievement. This book is being talked about as a natural successor to "Oh The Places You'll Go" as a book to give out to graduates. It is definitely a worthy competitor in that category. ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
I wish I could have read this one a little slower, yet I was short on time. But, that's kind of ironic isn't it since the whole premise of the book is that times gonna fly and you will too once you've done so much first. I liked the idea of the story. I thought it was an interesting take that I haven't really seen before. Like I said though, it was read fast, so I wasn't really able to take it all in, or enjoy- or maybe not enjoy- the illustrations.

It should probably be four stars because I
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would like to give this 4.5 stars because I think it is more accessible for grown-ups than for kids, but it is a beautiful book. the prose is lovely, the artwork is precious and the message made me teary (that may not entirely be the book's fault). The only reason I think it might be a little less accessible for little ones is that so much happens in the pictures and the story is held almost above the prose. they like
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A lovely picture book that reminds readers about all of the challenges of childhood, and some of the failures. The experiences of the children pictured demonstrate how tenacity, persistence, and adaptability eventually lead to personal growth and positive results: "But when we break we learn to mend. When breezes blow we learn to bend." Whether it's a broken vase, a fall on roller skates, or a lost balloon, readers will recognize their own childhood in these charming, whimsical ink and ...more
Jeffrey Babbitt
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Jennifer Black Reinhardt's illustrations are wonderful, charming, emotionally true! But Katherine Applegate's words are ... disappointing. It's nothing special, and I didn't feel like the words were working very closely with the pictures. Yes, although I presume the words came before the pictures, the failure belongs to the words. The illustrations do a great job of fleshing out what the words are saying, but the words don't live up to the charm and energy of the illustrations. They're boring, ...more
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Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.

Katherine has written three picture