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Bertie the birdie knows: he's ready to fly from the nest and into the sky. But whenever he's about to take wing, his fellow feathered friends squawk at him to STOP and follow their advice instead. But not one of these “experts”—the persuasive penguin, the emu, or the kiwi—has ever actually flown! Will Bertie learn to trust his own instincts . . . and soar?
Before she became an author, Leslie Gorin taught on a Navajo reservation and attended film school to become an animator. But she preferred writing, and her stories and articles have appeared in such places as Highlights for Children, Spider, Hopscotch, National Public Radio, and the anthology New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family (Reclaiming Judaism). Her awards include a Disney Fellowship, a Luce Scholarship, a grant from the Highlights Foundation, and Runner-up for the 2014 SCBWI Barbara Karlin Work-in-Progress grant for picture book texts. Leslie lives in Eagle, ID. Learn more about her at lesliegorin.com.
Brendan Kearney began by studying architecture, but now specializes in children's books, bringing his own chaotic style and ideas to any project. His books include Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, written by Josh Funk (Sterling), 100 Facts Around Town (Egmont UK), and Leif Frond, written by Joan Lennon (Bloomsbury). Brendan currently lives in the UK. Learn more about him at brendankearneyillustration.co.uk.