Title: Fly
Written and illustrated by Jess McGeachin
Published by Penguin Random House Australia
RRP: $24.99

Lucy helps her Dad with everything, there is just the two of them now after all, and when she finds an injured bird she wants to help it also. She finds a box to make it more comfortable, but then has a better idea. Why doesn’t she help it to fly? So inventive Lucy makes a plane, and they soar into the sky. It is not long before they get into difficulty, and begin to fall. They are saved, however, with some help from some special friends.

This is a beautiful story of friendship, love and loss. On the surface it is about saving a bird, but there is so much more shared in the telling of this narrative. Visual cues extend the verbal text, as all good picture books do, encouraging discussions and providing much to ponder. The use of colour and direction are important in the telling of this story and the birds’ eye view of Lucy being helped in the sky is just beautiful. The book finishes with illustrations and names of various Australian birds and what to do if you find an injured bird.

Many thanks to Penguin Random House for supplying this book for review.