“Would you believe me if I said every walrus can fly” begins this imaginative story of three-year-old Royce, a walrus with aspirations to fly. His friends at playtime giggle at his desire to break the rule that “Birds fly. Walruses swim,” but cannot sway Royce from his belief that “he was going to fly.” Sharing his dream with his Dad to get wings to fly, his father encourages him to save money in his piggy bank. Time passed as he saved, giving him the idea to use the coins stacked to reach the sky, but still he could not fly, realizing that no wings could make him, as a walrus, fly. An idea came to him how to follow his passion for flying while being who he was. The savings turned into his solution as a remote airplane fed his dream, while accepting being who he was as a walrus.
As readers become absorbed in Royce and his plan, unknowingly they are learning words to increase their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Children know walruses cannot fly, but the tale is spun in such a way that they can suspend this knowledge to enter into the fantastical world to watch Royce try, actually rooting for him to achieve his dream. Royce is so determined and loyal to his dream, just maybe he will find a way to do it. His father’s encouragement to save his money was just the right support Royce needed. Rather than belittling Royce’s dream, or telling him that it was unrealistic, his father taught the value of saving, while providing the needed time for Royce to come to his own conclusion and acceptance that a walrus cannot have wings to fly. Rather than being discouraged when accepting reality, Royce discovered a way to fill his dream in a realistic way.
EVERY WALRUS CAN FLY provides children with an interest-holding story, while providing them with valid lessons in goal setting, following one’s dreams, saving, and accepting practical compromises in life.
In just sixteen pages of text, complimented by illustrations by The Basement, EVERY WALRUS CAN FLY comes alive, making this book a welcome addition to a child’s library.
Reviewed by Angie Mangino for IndieReader.