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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Charlie Sparrow has no idea that he can fly till he falls from the top of the banister in the story Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight: Tales of Tree City Book 1 by D.F. Anderson. Charlie holds out his wings and he realizes that he is floating. He lands safely on the tree below and wants to do it again. Though Mr and Mrs Sparrow feel that it is a fall, Charlie is thinking of the image of himself drifting through the air. The same thing happens when Charlie goes to Cedar Swing Park. He swings so high that he is shot off the swing. Charlie does not panic; instead he holds out his wings and manages to land in one piece. Mrs Sparrow is worried and she calls Doctor Nightingale, who diagnoses Charlie with 'the Leap.' It is a Leaping Syndrome which urges even the most vulnerable birds to jump off beds, chairs, tables, and counter tops. Will Charlie be cured and, if so, what is the cure for the Leap? Charlie also wants to find out more about the Leap, feather plucking, and flying. Will he succeed?
Birds have wings and Charlie is proud of his discovery. The theme is interesting and original and the author takes readers into the world of Charlie and other birds with the story and beautiful black and white illustrations. It is a good book for bedtime story-telling and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms. All the characters in the story will keep young readers entertained and it is good to note how Doctor Percy explains 'the Leap' to Charlie. The detailed narration and the fluidity in expression give a good pace and movement to the story. Children will love Charlie and this story, and will want to read Book 2.