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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore- William Joyce (Illustrator) William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

A great story framing the importance and joy of reading

Morris Lessmore loved to write in his journal and read his books. Then one day, a storm came destroying his house and his precious books. Wandering alone, Morris was upset and lonely, until one day he sees a woman flying by, surrounded with books. Noticing how sad Morris is without his books, she gives him her favorite, a walking, talking, and flying tale.

Back surrounded by the books that he loves and his journal, Morris listens and reads all of their tales.  He continues to write in his journal until he is old and grey and his book is finished. With his own story complete, he leaves his friends and his own story behind, for someone new to discover.

Delightful and well-illustrated, the love Morris has of books and the great companions they make shines through.  Although the writing might be hard to follow for younger readers, the creativity behind the storyline heralds the importance and timelessness of great literature.

Recommended for readers age 4 -8 and the inspired by the Academy Award winning short film by the same title. Film can be seen here.

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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Videos

 

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