Today I Will Fly! An Elephant and Piggie Book

Book review by
Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Piggie will fly in this spunky read-aloud.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive messages

Piggie has an infectious can-do spirit.

Violence & scariness
Language

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fun, easy-to-read book is entertaining enough that adults will want to read it aloud, but has enough emotional action that beginning readers will be satisfied that this is no book for babies.

User Reviews

Parent of a 3, 6, and 8 year old Written bycmpc March 22, 2011
My older kids love reading it to our youngest. Hilarious series and a great first reader for those starting to read. Fun for parents to read aloud too.
Parent of a 4, 4, and 7 year old Written bymagasalee July 30, 2010
Teen, 15 years old Written bymckenzie_11 July 10, 2014

Piggie and Gerald...

I love Piggie and Gerald! Even thought I'm 15, I find them so fun and energetic! I love reading them to my little sister. My favorite by far is We Are In A... Continue reading

What's the story?

Piggie wants to fly but Elephant is discouraging. With the help of a couple of friends, Piggie tries hard to make her dreams come true.

Is it any good?

It won't surprise parents to hear that author/illustrator Mo Willems got his start writing for Sesame Street; the same smart but developmentally appropriate attitude is all over his picture books. This Elephant and Piggie book will remind readers of vintage Dr. Seuss series regular P.D. Eastman, who wrote classics like Go, Dog. Go! A similar sensibility drives this book: simple pictures, likable characters, and snappy dialogue in an easy-to-read, kid-friendly format.

Willems' scratchy, casual illustrations convey the action and character emotion. The lack of background keeps the focus on language and makes the punctuation -- somewhat sophisticated for this level -- less daunting. TODAY I WILL FLY is entertaining enough that adults will want to read it aloud, but has enough emotional action that beginning readers will be satisfied that this is no book for babies. For such a tight vocabulary, an awful lot happens in this well-presented book.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Elephant. Does he remind you of Eeyore? Why doesn't he think Piggie can fly? Even though Piggie's being silly, do you think Elephant should be encouraging anyway?

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