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Why Can’t I Fly?

Written by Ken Brown

Suitable for: 5-7 years (Key stage 1)

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

As the African animals gather at dawn, Ostrich wonders why he can’t fly. Maybe if he had larger wings, or if he just tried a little harder… Although everyone knows that ostriches can’t fly, this picture book has a surprise ending.

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This picture is very beautiful, full of bright colours. The sun has risen and everyone has woken up. The story is set in Africa where it is hotter than in Britain. In front of the mountains there are lots of birds - lovely pink ones called flamingos, very smart black and white ones called storks. They are tall birds, but nowhere near as big and as heavy as Ostrich. They all have elegant long thin legs, some are standing on the edge of a shallow lake waiting to catch fish. Some are flying away, while others come in to land. Our hero, the ostrich, is standing on dry land, his friend the sparrow is sitting on his head!

What's inside

  • A picture book with braille pages and raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Ostrich
Flamingo

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