This is an alert bar. Due to COVID-19, face covering required in all MRCPL buildings. Thank you for your cooperation!

Children’s Book Review: Mel Fell

Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor

From Miss Jennie at the Ontario Branch Library

This new picture book came across my desk in mid-February. This book caught my eye because the title, author, and the picture on the front cover are all sideways. You have to turn the book to the right in order to read the title. The words are printed sideways as well. You have to hold the book up and down and lift the pages up to turn them.

Adorable pencil, colored pencil, and acrylic paint illustrations show a family of small birds peeking out of a hole on a branch in a large tree. Mel decides that today is the day she will fly. She gathers her courage and then jumps. Inside, Mel rapidly falls right through the words, tipping a few letters askew. As she plummets down the tree, other animals notice her and try to catch her, or at least slow her down. Squirrels, bees, a spider and some ants all barely miss her as she continues to fall until SPLASH! she lands in the water.  In the water Mel swims around and catches a fish. After rotating the entire book 180 degrees, she shoots out of the water and flies back up the tree to her siblings.

Mel reverses past the ants, the spider, the bees and the squirrels who all congratulate her. She soars up to find her mother waiting for her on their branch. “I flew! I flew!” said Mel. To which her mother embraces her and replies, “I knew you could!” There is a note from the author on the last page that gives the reader more information about Mel, a kingfisher bird. Also included is a picture of her confidently trying to push one sibling off the branch while the other holds on for dear life.

I love the honesty, courage and confidence that Mel embodies. She subtly teaches children that there are many things to fear in life, but you can’t let that stop you from living.


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Related Posts

Victory Gardens

There are many different types of gardens that have emerged throughout history, but one of the most well known is the victory garden. Sometimes also known as war gardens, they became popular during World War I. During this time there was a food crisis, so in March of 1917 the National War Garden Commission was

Read More »

Sew On & Sew Forth

I considered 2020 to be the year of sewing. When the library was closed, I decided to work on my broken sewing machine. It turns out it was not broken at all, I just didn’t know how to use it. With some practice and some studying, I have sewn dresses, quilts, bags, and much more

Read More »
Staff Reviews

Zombillenium – Movie Review

In the French-Belgian film Zombillenium, based on the comic book of the same name, viewers will discover a world where zombies and monsters are real and… have decided to create an amusement park? Zombillenium follows the story of a human business inspector, Hector, who, in the grief of losing his wife, completely devotes himself to

Read More »
Story Time Starters

Story Time Starter: Frogs

This month’s story time starter is all about frogs! We’ll give you book and rhyme suggestions and include links to activities and crafts. Suggested Books Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Pricilla Burris The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan One Frog Sang by Shirley Parenteau   Songs & Rhymes

Read More »