Fly High Fly Low by Don Freeman – 1957 Caldecott Honor Book

Fly High Fly Low by Don Freeman, a 1957 Caldecott Honor book, captures the reader’s heart.  A pigeon builds his nest in a letter “B” in a large sign, but is soon made fun of by other pigeons.  A white dove befriends him and soon they have a nest with 2 eggs, but tragedy strikes when the letters are removed while the dove is sitting on the nest and the pigeon is away.  After a long search aided by a man who feeds pigeons in the park, the little family is reunited and the other birds come to realize that the pigeon indeed did have a wonderful home.

Caldecott Criteria:
1. “Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed.” – The colored pencil illustrations are incredible!
2. “Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept.” – Yes.
3. “Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept.” – Perfect for this story based in the air and water.
4. “Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures.” – These illustrations make the book so personal.
5. “Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.” – My kids loved these pictures and could easily understand what they did for the story.

Age Range: 2-8

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