I Can Fly! Reviews
If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!
"Children's Bookwatch" features a review of "If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!"
Winner of seven different book awards, "If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!" tells a tale of inspiration and empowerment through examples of creatures who really do learn to fly. Beautiful page-filling paintings filled with vivid colors and sights show a hummingbird, a butterfly, a bumblebee, a ladybug beetle, and an eaglet learning to fly. The final portrait is of a young girl, looking out her window at a beautiful scene. "A young woman emerges from childhood's cocoon, with dreams inside as big as the sky. Alone at future's edge, she glances back to her teachers, family and friends. "If you tell me I can fly....." The next page show a spectacular scene of glorious clouds of white, violet and apricot, with sunlight streaming on a set of majestic mountains. In the center, the young woman stands with arms upraised. "And she flew!" The message is empowering, thrilling, and unmistakable. "If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!" delivers its message using layers of meaning. Even the text in the narrative begins with ordinary print, and then changes to graceful text cursive with the words, "I Can Fly!" The underlying message of dreaming about flying, and nurturing dreams of flying are beautifully portrayed in paintings of a ladybug larva, and a caterpillar before it turned into a butterfly. The poetic message of "If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!" is based on scientific animal facts that are further explained in the final pages, with extra information about the humming bird, butterfly, bumblebee, ladybug beetle, and eagle shown in the earlier pages. "If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!" is a beautiful, powerful, inspirational book for young readers. It definitely deserves all seven of its illustrious awards and perhaps a few more for the power of creativity embodied in it.
"Some stories give roots, some give wings–this story gives both." Neita Fran Ward, BFA, MLS
"Such a beautiful book standing on the to send inspiration during times when a loved one is brink of change: graduation, new career, parenthood, or heading into countless other frontiers." – Christian Y. Mother/ Librarian
"If we could give all children this message, what power they would have to become whatever they dream." Betsy R. Third grade teacher
"Like the beloved classic Peter Pan, this book fulfills the unique dreams of flight in its own special way." Joan Hallmark, Talk Show Host and Producer KLTV
"This book made me think about the people in my life who helped me believe that I could fly. It made me realize there are people I need to tell. Thank you for a perfectly lovely gift!" Lynn C. Single Mother/Accountant
"One has to wonder, how would our lives have been different if someone had told us that we could fly!" – Margaret A. Retired
"Beautiful, absolutely beautiful, with a message that softly flows from the pages into your heart." – Beatrice P. Grandmother
"This book, with its encouraging words and true-to-life illustrations, touched my heart at such a deep level! Sharon knows, and put words to the importance of giving encouragement to persons of all ages. At 83 years of age it took me back to the child inside that longs to be encouraged and reminded that I can indeed still fly." – Darce M
Beautiful Book with Stunning Watercolor Pictures "A beautiful book about transitions as your young ones leave home for the first time. Starting with a caterpillar that eventually turns into a beautiful butterfly followed by a baby hummingbird, a beetle, an eagle and more all start out as young, unable to fly beings. That voice inside them and the help of their family enable them to learn everything they need to eventually fly. It is something all living things eventually have to do." Amazon Review.