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.
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.
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
Check out more fun facts about kingfishers.
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
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