Jeffrey the giraffe is not happy; his neck is too short and he doesn't fit in with the other giraffes. Peter is also sad; he can't fly. When they meet, it is the start of a beautiful friendship.
When playing together, trouble occurs. However, this turns out to be the solution to both their problems!
Originally published in 1963, Fly Away Peter is a gentle story with a message that is as true today as it was then. Having concerns about fitting in and not standing out and the joy of finding a friend are as relevant to us today as they were in the 60s- and always will be I'm sure! Although both characters do change and become like the rest, this is no longer what's important- their friendship is!
The illustrations are wonderful! Bright and 'scribbly', they remind me of children's artwork- lollipop trees and blobby birds- yet there is obviously a lot of skill and technique involved. The scene reminiscent of 'The Enormous Turnip' where all the animals are pulling Jeffrey out of the rabbit hole is wonderful!
Looking and feeling a little different, Fly Away Peter is a delightful picture book to be enjoyed by all.
Fly Away Peter by Frank Dickens, illustrated by Ralph Steadman
Pavilion ISBN: 978-1843653219