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Flying Over Brooklyn

by Myron Uhlberg
illustrated by Gerald Fitzgerald

A young boy’s everyday world is transformed into a snow-covered wonderland through the force of a blizzard and the power of a dream.

While trudging through deep snow in a neighborhood park, a young boy is suddenly hit with a strong wind that grabs his coat and lifts him into the air. As the young boy is soaring over familiar sites—a bridge over a frozen river, a baseball field, and an amusement park—he gains a new perspective, escaping from the routine of everyday life. But when the boy returns to the safety of his home, he is left wondering: Was it all just a marvelous dream?

Myron Uhlberg’s story is based in part on his own childhood memories of the Great Blizzard of 1947. An author’s note at the back of the book provides details about the snowstorm and places this fantasy in its historical context. Illustrator Gerald Fitzgerald’s two-page, gently softened illustrations beautifully evoke the story’s nostalgia and dreamlike quality.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-194-4
Publication Date: 9/1/1999
Page Count: 32
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-294-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2003
Page Count: 32
Size: 10″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 4.3
F&P: GRL O, Gr 3, Genre F
Lexile: AD990L
Themes: Dreams, New York City, Snow

Reviews

“An enchanted vision of Brooklyn transformed but ever itself.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Youngsters will delight in the idea of such a snow-filled flight…. a magical winter storytime.” ―School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Myron Uhlberg is the author of several picture books. A retired businessman, he lives in California. You can visit his website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Gerald Fitzgerald is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children, including Flying Over Brooklyn and Casey at the Bat. He lives in Scotland.