Fly, Chick, Fly!

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

In the middle of a wood there is a chick who will not fly. “Not I!” she cries to Mother Owl and Father Owl. She flaps, she flips, she flops, and she hops back into the nest. Time passes and seasons change, but still she refuses to fly. Will she ever learn to let go and soar up into the open sky?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039020, JUV002040, JUV039050
Dewey E
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 2.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 151474
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2013


School Library Journal

“The soft artwork is the strength of this sweet picture book about a baby owl reluctant to leave the nest… this book can be enjoyed simply for the antics of an endearing bird or appreciated for its larger theme of growing up.” —School Library Journal

Booklist Online

“There are lively, eloquent touches in the text, and the softly rendered, evocative pastel illustrations are appealing.” —Booklist Online

Kirkus Reviews

“This gentle read-aloud looks forward to the time when the child will have a young one of her own.”—Kirkus Review

Publishers Weekly

“Unlike the signature, comedic style of cartooning Ross uses in the Horrid Henry and Little Princess books, his textural pastel illustrations in this story about a baby barn owl are delicate and quiet, an excellent match for Willis’s lyrical text…. A conventional but nonetheless lovely take on facing one’s fears.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Author: Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis was born in St. Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She is now a full-time writer. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

Illustrator: Tony Ross

Tony Ross has been illustrating books for over 40 years, and has been published all over the world. He has been named the best-selling illustrator in the UK three years in a row. He lives in Macclesfield, England.