Mel Fell – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Yes, that’s the correct orientation of this book. It opens on the edge under the bir’d’s beak. A stroke of genius, as you’ll see when you start to read the story. Mel is the brave one in the nest, and makes the big decision to skedaddle the minute Mama takes off.

Text/Illustration ©️Corey R. Tabor

Mel looks down. Her siblings look worried. Although she’s a teeny bit scared, Mel decides that today is the day she’s going to fly. So taking off with a high-diving somersault, she falls beak first. Straight down.

Past a family of very worried owls.

Past a pack of squirrels who try catching her.

Text/Illustration ©️Corey R. Tabor

Mel falls and falls. Past a hive a bees who try their best to slow her down.

Past a—I won’t tell you what happens to that poor spider and her web. (The fly is ecstatic, however.)

And still Mel falls.

I’ll leave it at that, because I want you all to check out this book. For the ants. For the slugs.

For the laughs and a brilliant bit of STEM education.


Watch a Youtube video of a kingfisher catching fish

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Make an origami kingfisher

Title: Mel Fell

Author/Illustrator: Corey R. Tabor

Publisher: Harper Collins, Balzer & Bray, 2021

Ages: Pre-K – 3rd grade

Themes: self-confidence, flying, humor

For more perfect picture book recommendations, please visit Susanna Hill’s website.

18 thoughts on “Mel Fell – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Patricia Tilton says:

    What a great cover and fun illustrations. Mel doesn’t look the least concerned, but the squirrels and other animals do! Will have to read the book to see the outcome. Great story about bravery. Am curious about the STEM education.

  2. Sarah Tobias says:

    This looks so fun! Can’t wait to check it out. Last summer we had a Robin’s nest above our deck. I was lucky to watch as each bird fledged. The first one was so ready and would spread its wings and flap over the other three. Then it flew/fell and landed on our deck. The other three waited a couple days before finding the courage to take off. It was so much fun to watch.

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