The Amazing Flight of Little Ray
In this nature-based adventure, a young stingray doesn't want to make weak jumps like other flying stingrays. He wants to fly like a bird. His amazing flight beats all odds.
The experience is awkward, unsettling and exhausting. Rays are not born to fly. Like high divers, they leap, then start falling. Movement adds "wow", not height, to their flight.
Little Ray of Flight
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Fish have feelings. Little Ray knows his Mama is watching. He hears beach-goer reactions. These external factors enhance his motivation and spark his alertness.
V. R. Duin grabs the attention of early readers and special learners. To spark interest in learning about stingrays, below are some fun facts about the fish and action in this book.
Reach New Heights Like Fish Out of Water:
Flying stingrays do somersaults, flips, rolls, spins, twists and turns for fun and to flee predators, noise, filth or stench.
Fish gills collapse in the air. Return to water restarts breathing. People underwater can sense the discomfort of flying stingrays.
Stingrays are made of cartilage, not bone. This flexible material equips the star of this story to catch lucky breaks and fall with style.
Fish see the same in air and in water. The wide field of view and large depth of field of fisheye lenses show how fish see our world.
Fish actions, not facial expressions, show fear, rage or calm. Children see concern as Mama Ray frets over Little Ray's daredevil risk-taking to fly.
Some mother stingrays watch over their young until they can fend for themselves. Stingrays reach maturity at 1-to-5 years of age.
Highly-developed stingrays can fully care for themselves at birth. Few other fish and no mollusks are born into the ocean as fully-formed miniature adults.
Newborns sink to the ocean floor, then unfold to begin swim practice and strength training. Within days, consistent and powerful strokes develop for hunting.
Don't worry about the bird in this story. Young stingrays have small stingers. Ancient use for stingray toxin seems like a tall tale. Greek dentists used it to numb pain.
Stingrays typically flee rather than attack. A frightened adult stingray can strike hundreds of times in seconds. It uses its long, flexible tail to guide the venomous spear.