Mel is a tangerine-and-turquoise-hued kingfisher bird who is ready to take her first flight while mama Kingfisher is away from the nest. Mel’s siblings warn her to be cautious, thinking she will likely fall. Showing determination and hopefulness, Mel takes her first flight as her fellow animal friends watch her take her journey and cheer her on.
Corey R. Tabor has written and illustrated a uniquely designed book to showcase Mel’s adventure. The illustrations changes orientation with the action, and Tabot guides his readers through how to follow along with written directions. We see Mel fly parallel with the tree that she and her family live in; this allows us to see how long her journey from nest to water is. Tabor’s illustrations are in a joyful watercolor-ish palette and show the humor of the story.
Mel Fell is a unique book about taking risks, and lets us know the high points of taking those risks.