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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Sophie the seagull is afraid to fly. She can feel her heart pounding and as she flaps her wings her frustrated smile turns to a shiver. She is scared she will fall into the river and she wonders if she will ever be able to fly as she watches the others gracefully flying by. One day she gets an idea. She decides to use the balloons she had bought. She blows up a dozen, ties them to her foot, and soars high into the sky with them. Her confidence grows and she flies high with the other birds gliding in the sky. When she comes down, she realizes all the balloons have burst and only the string is left. She is proud and happy and her confidence to fly grows.
Sophie, the Seagull Who Was Afraid to Fly by Rosita Bird is a delightful rhyming story that will encourage children to overcome their fears and self-limiting beliefs, just like Sophie who conquers her fear of flying. The illustrations by Zoe Baker are adorable and they bring alive the concept and give clarity to the author’s words. I like the way the lively illustrations give Sophie a personality and an individuality of her own. It is a good book for bedtime and classroom storytelling, and read aloud sessions at school because the message conveyed is relevant and relatable. Sophie's story is good inspiration for all children out there who are trying to overcome their fears and mind blocks and want to move ahead with confidence.