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If I Never Forever Endeavor (edition 2011)

by Holly Meade, Holly Meade (Illustrator)

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Title:If I Never Forever Endeavor
Authors:Holly Meade
Other authors:Holly Meade (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2011), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Picture Book ps - gr 3, bird, nest, first flight, risk taking, reflection, thinking

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I wasn't very impressed by this book, but my two year old loved finding the bird and the nest in the illustrations so it kept her interested. Maybe it was the way the lines were drawn and the colors. The story was about a bird who listed what he would miss out on if he never flies.
  vanessa.wallace | Jun 6, 2014 |
Holly Meade writes and illustrates how leaving the nest and spreading one's wings despite being scared is essential to life. This book is about a little bird who is nervous and scared to venture off on their own because of the unknown. This doesn't stop the bird from leaving though and starting a journey of endeavoring out in life. This book is great to share with children to show that taking a risk, even though it may turn out unsatisfactory,is an exciting part of life that should be approached with excitement.
  astares | May 25, 2014 |
A young bird stands on the threshold of learning to fly. He has to decide to take a risk and try to fly. He worries about the pros and cons of how he may try and he may soar, or he could fall, fail, and face the embarrassment that comes with failure. But if he succeeds the world will be his to explore. On the other hand if he stays home and safe and warm in his nest he need not take a risk of failure, but if he does that he will never know what it is to soar.
  stacy3176 | Mar 16, 2014 |
In summary, this book is about a bird who is trying to decide if he wants to try flying or not. He is fearful of not being able to use his wings. While he is deciding whether he wants to partake on this "endeavor" he contemplates what might happen if his wings do not work, but also what will happen if they do. He starts to understand that if he doesn't experience this, he has no idea what he is missing out on in the sky. Finally, he decides to give his wings a try and fly. He flies all through the sky and ends up meeting a friend at the very end. It's a great life lesson in general: "If you try, you might fly." You have to try in order succeed, and it is worth it even if it is out of your comfort zone.
  kvail | Mar 15, 2014 |
Four stars as a sappy college graduation present, two stars as a picture book for kids, but I do love the illustrations apart from the text.
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
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For my own Jenny bird, with love, in celebration of your courage in flight.
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Safe inside his cozy nest, a young bird considers whether or not to give his new wings a try. What if he tries and the wings don’t work, and he flails, plummets, and looks foolish? Then again, what if his wings take him swooping and gliding, sailing and flying through a great big wonderful world? He’ll never know if he never endeavors. With the help of her bold, beautiful collage artwork, Caldecott Honor-winning artist Holly Meade offers a gentle nudge for hesitant fledglings of all ages and species to step out, to dare, to try . . . and to fly.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763640719, Hardcover)

A fledgling teeters at the edge of his nest in a gorgeously illustrated tale sure to resonate with anyone facing a rite of passage, change, or challenge.

Safe inside his cozy nest, a young bird considers whether or not to give his new wings a try. What if he tries and the wings don’t work, and he flails, plummets, and looks foolish? Then again, what if his wings take him swooping and gliding, sailing and flying through a great big wonderful world? He’ll never know if he never endeavors. With the help of her bold, beautiful collage artwork, Caldecott Honor-winning artist Holly Meade offers a gentle nudge for hesitant fledglings of all ages and species to step out, to dare, to try . . . and to fly.

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A young bird, safe in its nest, debates whether or not to risk trying its wings.

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