Calvin Can't Fly The Story of a Bookworm Birdie

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/5/2015
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

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Calvin is one unusual starling! While his siblings and cousins learn to fly, this rare bird lets his imagination soar while reading about pirates, dinosaurs, and other fascinating things. The other birds call him “geeky beaky,” but Calvin just ruffles his feathers and buries his beak in a book. Yet, when it comes time to migrate, poor Calvin suddenly realizes he can't fly! His sisters, brothers, and cousins carry him into the air. But on their way south, the winds blow hard, the trees bend, and the air starts to smell strange. It's a hurricane, and only Calvin can save the day—because he has read all about it!
Witty illustrations, an endearing hero, and a delightful story—now new in paperback—make this a true celebration of the pleasures (and importance) of reading!

Author Biography

Jennifer Berne has been a long-time contributor to Nick Jr. Magazine, and a writer for both print and TV. She has published numerous award-winning books for kids, including On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein (Chronicle), Calvin Look Out! (Sterling), and Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau (Chronicle). Jennifer lives in the rolling hills of Columbia County, NY. In summer she migrates up to Maine to live aboard her sailboat.
Keith Bendis's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Fortune, and Time. Keith was the illustrator for William Safire's “On Language” column in the New York Times Magazine, and for 10 books including Calvin Look Out! (Sterling). He lives on an old farm in Columbia County, NY.

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