Katie is having a gray day. So, inspired by a painting filled with colorful birds, she attempts to brighten up – first, she puts on her green hat, then her yellow tights, her blue shoes…and ultimately she paints her entire self in brightly colored patterns! This creates some fizzy magic which transforms Katie into a colorful bird herself, and allows her to enter the painting and spend the day hanging out with the birds before returning home for her bath.
This sweet, whimsical story is a celebration of the imagination and its transformative power. The text is minimal, the real star being the fanciful illustrations which transform right along with Katie, starting out soft and gray and small before expanding and exploding with color. Flyaway Katie, published in 2000, was the debut picture book by author and illustrator Polly Dunbar, and is one of my favorites. Recommended for ages 2 and up.
Posted by: Parry