Marlo Can Fly by Robert Vescio
‘Marlo Magpie wanted to be different’ is the opening line of this beautifully illustrated book. Even her family’s calls to join them flying about under the clear blue sky go unanswered.
Determined to prove she doesn’t need to fly just because she is a bird, Marlo sets about carving her own destiny.
Singing her story to all she encounters only meets with taunts and laughter. Marlo tries to slither like Sally Snake and bounce like Kate Kangaroo. She even tries to swim like Chas the Crocodile but quickly realises unlike ducks magpies are not meant to swim.
Becoming more and more frustrated Marlo continues on her journey and comes across Kev the Koala. Marlo thinks crawling like Kev is a good idea until she sees Kev is crying. When she learns Kev has lost his mother, Marlo puts aside her own ambitions to help her distraught friend.
She spreads her wings, closes her eyes and begins to flap. The animals Marlo had so desperately wanted to be like are no longer jeering but instead cheering her on and wishing they too could fly.
Before too long Kev and his mother were reunited thanks to Marlo and her gift.
As she soared above tree tops, the cool breeze under her wings Marlo realises that it’s alright to try new things but accepting your true self is what really matters.
Each illustration captures the colourful personality of Australia’s iconic animals.
CKT Book Reviewer