W: WONDERFUL LIFE OF A FLY WHO COULDN’T FLY
Title: The Wonderful Life of a Fly Who Couldn’t Fly
Author: Bo Lozoff
Illustrated by: Beth Stover
Date/Publisher: 2002, Hampton Roads Publishing Co.
What use is a fly that can’t fly?
That’s the dilemma one little fly finds herself in. Out of 50 fly sisters and 60 fly brothers, this one lone fly has no wings and she can’t fly.
“If I’m a fly who can’t fly, then what will I do?
Her Mama replied, ‘I can’t solve that for you.
This is your mission, your own special quest,
To find for yourself the things you do best.”
The little wingless fly filled her life with happiness. She tasted tidbits the flying flies missed. She dance and she sang and had a wonderful life without wings. She lived to a wise, old age (for a fly) and at the end of her life told the others:
“Just remember, my loved ones, she said to them all
‘We each have a purpose, if we but hear the call.
Life is short but it’s sweet, and full of wonder too.
And I’m truly not sad that I never once flew.”
She’s now old, thin and frail, and along comes a wild wind, picking her up and carrying her high. A smile fills her face and at last the non-flying fly …. Flies!
The bright, colorful illustrations in The Wonderful Life of a Fly Who Couldn’t Fly are magnificent. Looking at the detail and vivid nature from a non-flying fly’s perspective is as much fun as reading the inspiring story. This picture book, with its verse and rhyme that rolls off the tongue with ease, is headed right for my Top 10 list.