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Spanish / Argentina

Dime cómo vuelas

(Tell me how you fly)

Wittner, Laura (text)
Farina, Marcos (illus.)
Buenos Aires: Tres en Línea, 2019. – [30] p.
ISBN 978-987-45908-3-1

Bird  | Flying  | Search for identity  | Courage  | Self-confidence  | Picture book

Reading age: 5+

White Ravens issue: 2019


A “strange bird” hatches from an egg that fell from the nest. Who am I, and how will I fly?, he asks himself. Pigeons, an owl, an eagle, and even a butterfly bombard the novice with advice. Everyone has precise, yet divergent understandings of flying. “This is how I’m supposed to fly?”, the bird asks, full of doubt. In the end, he ignores all the tips and discovers his own way to fly. Laura Wittner tells this story with a succinct, witty, and wonderfully rhythmic text, which is perfectly suited to reading aloud. Marcos Farina’s pictures are screen-prints done in a decorative, ornamental style, using three partially overlapping colours: bright red, mustard yellow, and blue-grey. The illustrator plays skilfully with geometric shapes, which he combines into animals and plants. The endpapers are also not to be overlooked! Despite the small format of the book, observers need some time to discover all the details in the teeming pictures.