Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate

Sometimes You Fly

Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. 2018. Ink and watercolor. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Brief summary: The reader will learn that before one succeeds, there are sometimes mistakes beforehand.

Comments: The right side of the book tells the failure. When the reader turns the page, the failure becomes a success. Done with rhyming texts, we are reminded that although we may fail at times, to not be disheartened, as it is also how we learn to succeed. We learn how to fly.

The many milestones of growing and learning is a theme all readers can relate to as they read this beautifully illustrated book.  Sprinkled with a touch of humor here and there helps make the reader laugh while remembering and relating to the same failures.

An inspirational story to read at the beginning of the school year to students explaining that they will have setbacks and that is a normal part of life. I could see this being given to graduates also to let them know that they will fail at times as they go out into the world but to stop and learn from those failures.  It’s okay to fail as long as we acknowledge that mistakes teach us what not to do next time. If we do that, we can truly fly!

Source: Vimeo from HMH Kids (

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