Perfect Picture Book Friday – Today I Will Fly

25 May

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because the Elephant and Piggie books are favorites in our house and I like Piggie’s attitude in this book.

Today I Will Fly

By Mo Willems

64 pages – ages 4+

Published by Hyperion Books on March 13, 2007


Theme/Topic – Determination / Believe in Yourself

Opening and Synopsis – 

Piggie “Today I will fly!”

Gerald “No. You will not fly today”

Piggie has a GREAT idea! Today, Piggie wants to fly! Gerald tells Piggies she will never fly.Piggie won’t let that stop her. She is still determined to fly today even if she needs a little help!

Why I liked this book – Elephant and Piggie books are FAVORITES in our house.They are such good friends. I really like this particular Elephant and Piggie book because I really love Piggies’s “never quit” attitude. The ending of the book is just great. Gerald changes his mind and announces “Tomorrow I will fly!” Now that’s the spirit Gerald! Elephant and Piggie books are always illustrated wonderfully. I like how Elephant and Piggie’s speech bubbles are different colors.


Activities and Resources –

You can visit Mo Willems website HERE.

I found a teacher’s guide to the Elephant and Piggie books HERE.

I also found an Elephant and Piggie activity book with all sorts of activities (games, coloring pages, story times, topics of discussion etc) HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

41 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Today I Will Fly”

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill May 25, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I love Elephant and Piggie books, Erik! And this one has a great message about believing in yourself and not giving up when something is important to you. Thanks for adding it to our list. I don’t think we have any other Elephant and Piggie books yet!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 26, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      I looked at the PPBF list and I was surprised that there were no Elephant and Piggie books! When I read everyone’s comments, it sounds like a lot of people don’t know about Elepant and Piggie! I may have to add another to the list (maybe my sister’s favorite 😉 ). Thanks Ms. Hill!


  2. Angela Brown May 25, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Excellent choice for PPBF! Piggie sounds like a pig on a mission. Glad to see this book illustrate, in a cute and fun way, the “can do” spirit.


  3. Heather Newman (@HeatherNewman12) May 25, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Elephant looks less than pleased with Piggie sitting on his head! I don’t know these books and I think I need to find them. Thanks, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 26, 2012 at 8:21 am #

      Elephant and Piggie books are AWESOME! I think Gerald is frustrated that he can’t convince Piggie she can’t fly 😉 but Piggie ends up having Gerald think HE can fly!


  4. Kirsten Larson May 25, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Erik, I saw this title on the list and immediately knew it was yours. Hooray for Gerald and Piggie!


  5. Beth Stilborn May 25, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    I haven’t encountered the Elephant and Piggie books yet — obviously I’m missing out! This book sounds great, Erik. Thank you for introducing me to it!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 26, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      Elephant and Piggie books are really really great! They are VERY funny and always have great messages!


  6. Catherine Johnson May 25, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    I need to check this out, I haven’t read them either. Very cute!


  7. Jan O'Neil May 25, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Elephant and Piggie books are so popular in my first grade class that I decided I had to complete my set this year. That’s not an easy thing to do when he keeps coming out with more. Many of my students like to write their own E & P adventures. Thanks for sharing this, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 26, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      That’s a cool idea to have your students write their own stories! You’re a fun teacher for getting the WHOLE collection 😉
      Thank you Ms. O’Neil!


  8. clarbojahn May 25, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Anything Mo Willems does is great by me even if I’ve never heard of it. Thanks for introducing this book to us, Erik. We appreciate you. 🙂


  9. Julie Hedlund (@JulieFHedlund) May 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    LOVE Elephant & Piggie


  10. Amy Dixon May 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Mo Willems is really a genius. I love all of his stuff and am happy to see it added to the PPB list! Thanks, Erik!


  11. julie rowan zoch May 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    The simplest expressions convey so much – amazing Willems!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 26, 2012 at 8:27 am #

      I think you are right! Elephant and Piggie’s faces are what make the book super funny and it helps tell the story better! 🙂


  12. patientdreamer May 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    This sounds very cute. I have never heard of the Elephant and Piggie books before. Must say i do love the illustrations, the expressions are so comical. Thanks for sharing Erik.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 26, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      Thank you Ms. Tulloch! It is a great series! I think I am going to do another one (I’ll do Josie’s favorite) becuase so many people haven’t heard of them 🙂


  13. viviankirkfield May 26, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    I am an Elephant and Piggie novice also, Erik! Thank you for sharing this one…great review and wonderful links to resources and activities. 🙂


  14. jackie May 26, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    Elephant and Piggy are big favourites with my boys…and I love how he uses the speech bubbles. Great choice!


  15. Barb May 26, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    My class LOVES the Piggie and Elephant books and so do I. They’re just so much fun. Thanks!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 27, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      The Gerald and Piggie books are really magnificent and they are really fun too! I am glad you like them! 🙂


  16. Kimberley May 26, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    My class adores Elephant and Piggy books. This one is just as great as all the others. Thanks!
    First in Maine


  17. Stacy S. Jensen May 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    We need to put this on our summer reading list. I love elephants and pigs.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 28, 2012 at 7:32 am #

      I think Enzo would love Elephant Gerald and Piggie in their many “adventures”! 🙂


  18. Patricia Tilton May 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    Love Mo Willems! He is a genius with simplicity, and oh so funny! Have not read this one, but will. Great choice Erik!


  19. Penny Klostermann June 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    I will have to read this elephant & piggie book! One of my favorites is I Broke My Trunk! I am amazed at how Mo Willems fits so much humor into so few words!


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