Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Learning to Fly: By Mebo by Agatha Bobblesbee is the adorable story of feisty little Mebo, a blue panda who is born in a zoo. Mebo’s adventurous streak makes him travel throughout the world where he meets Speck the dog and Zeppo the balloon, who accompany Mebo in his traveling adventures. Mebo can jump over fences like dogs, but he wants to fly like butterflies, soar like birds, and spin like dragonflies. He tries to fly but is unable to do it. Mebo watches the moon at night as she winks at him from the starry sky. Will Mebo be able to fly and meet the moon?
The story is cleverly executed and, apart from the message, it also introduces young readers to the blue panda, a rare breed of bear only found in the Himalayas. All blue pandas have a sweet tooth and Mebo also has a sweet tooth. The illustrations are delightful and will make children want to fly and dream like Mebo. It is a good bedtime storybook and children will love listening to their parents reading it out to them. Mebo is cute and lovable and teachers can use this book in classrooms for story-telling and read aloud sessions. The journey readers take along with Mebo while he is learning to fly is magical and enthralling. The presence of the moon in the story is captivating and adds to the whimsical effect. Books like this will fascinate and capture the attention of child readers with their pictures, contents, and adorable characters.