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The Dog Who Wanted to Fly

Interest Age: 3–6
Grade: p–1
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RF.2.3,3c,3d,3f,4,4a,4b,4c

Reading Level: Lexile 460L
Hardcover : 9781773212807, 36 pages, March 2019 , 9.0" x 9.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773212821, 36 pages, March 2019
Rights sold: Turkish


Who says dogs can’t fly?

Meet Zora: a dog with a big dream and an even bigger personality. All Zora wants to do is learn how to fly so she can catch that pesky squirrel in her yard. But try as she might to prove to her friend Tully—a skeptical cat—that dogs truly can fly, nothing seems to work. Until Zora finds the right motivation, that is.

Kathy Stinson’s charming story of perseverance is beautifully brought to life by Brandon James Scott’s exuberant and wonderfully expressive illustration. Touching on themes of optimism and determination in the face of failure, The Dog Who Wanted to Fly is a book anyone—even a cat—will love.


“A clever and endearing story, expertly illustrated, with an affirming message.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 12/05/18

“This delightful story of perseverance and heart is embedded in almost animated illustrations of the highest quality.” 

- Storywraps, 12/20/18

“The expressive illustrations often say as much as the text. Kids will laugh out loud at the humorous story and lively pictures . . . This is one of the best picture books!”

- I Heart Literacy, 02/11/19

“Stinson will delight readers and listeners with her use of action words . . . Scott’s illustrations are equally evocative.”

- Booklist, 03/15/19

“Kathy Stinson . . . tells Zora’s story with words and logic that young readers will understand and enjoy, ending it with the subtle humour that children will appreciate, sure to laugh themselves silly . . . the artwork really shines when giving visual life to Kathy Stinson’s story. [Brandon James Scott] endows Zora with the cuteness to sweeten her story and the attributes of determination, imagination and compassion to carry it forward.” 

- CanLit for Little Canadians, 03/14/19

“Sure to bring a grin to the faces of young readers . . . delightful.” 

- The Globe and Mail, 07/23/19

“Stinson’s writing style is fun and interactive, with dashes of onomatopoeia that make the story tingle and zing. Scott’s unique artwork presents Tully, the squirrel, and especially Zora with fun quirks, plenty of movement, and facial expressions that will have readers laughing out loud. Zora’s determination is remarkable, and the lesson in perseverance is relevant and presented in such a fun, never pedantic, way. Recommended for all!” 

- Resource Links, 10/19