Storytime is one of the best ways to engage children with books and encourage them to become lifelong learners, but it’s also a special way to connect with your grandchildren as you carve out time to read and enjoy books together. Finding the best books to read aloud can be a challenge, but this new book from Corey R. Tabor is a picture-perfect story that begs to be read aloud again and again.
In 2019, Tabor won the American Library Association’s prestigious Geisel medal for Fox the Tiger, which is awarded annually to the authors and illustrators of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers. He is an expert in crafting engaging stories that are perfect for the youngest readers, and his newest picture book, Mel Fell, is a shining example of this.
This charming and innovative tale follows a plucky little kingfisher bird on her journey from downward fall to triumphant flight as she takes a leap of faith. Though Mel is certainly brave, she’s supported by an adorable cast of animal friends who cheer her and support her as she takes her first flight. The format of the book is truly unique, as readers will delight in turning the book sideways and upside down to follow Mel on her journey from downward fall to triumphant flight. Kids will love the interactive nature of the story, and Mel’s tale is sure to inspire young readers to build self-confidence as they learn: sometimes you might fall down, down, down, before you learn to fly up, up, up!
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Praise for Mel Fell
★ “The mixed-media drawings, alive with wonderful textures and soft colors, show Mel executing an impressive aerial somersault before blithely hurtling headfirst in parallel with the tree trunk as inhabitants below are thrown into comic panic, convinced that Mel’s dive-bombing will result in disaster…. ‘Hope’ may be the thing with feathers, but Mel proves that ‘gutsy’ can be, too.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★ “Young people, who find themselves on the precipice of new activities, routines, schools, and challenges so frequently, will savor this little kingfisher’s success and perhaps feel they can right themselves the next time they fall into a downward spiral….Encourages children to feel brave, to try, and to believe they can soar.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)