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Issue Details: First known date: 1989 1989
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'Shy, reserved 11-year-old Seymour is dumped by his over controlling mother to spend his summer holidays with a fussy guardian. Seymour finds himself bored, frustrated and confined to his guardian's house. By chance he meets Angela whom he finds glamorous, beautiful and bubbly. He is flattered by her attentions and her willingness to take him with herself on outings. What Seymour does not realize however, under her happy exterior, Angela is hiding a dark secret. The text slowly unfolds Angela's secret through her interactions with Seymour and with letters placed at the end of chapters like small clues for the reader to decipher.' (Source: Book website)

Adaptations

form y Say a Little Prayer Richard Lowenstein , Australia : Flying Films Beyond Films , 1992 7909635 1992 single work film/TV

An adaptation of Robin Klein's novel about the friendship between a lonely young boy and an older girl hiding a troubling secret.

Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has a Japanese translation.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Viking Kestrel ; Viking , 1989 .
      Extent: 188p.
      ISBN: 0670829013
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 1990 .
      Extent: 188p.
      ISBN: 0670837164
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Puffin , 1991 .
      Courtesy of Penguin Books Australia.
      Extent: 188p.
      Reprinted: 1998
      ISBN: 0140342540 (pbk.)
Alternative title: Volvi Para Mostrarte Que Podia Volar
Language: Spanish

Works about this Work

'When the Voices of Children are Heard on the Green' : The Innocent Child in Literature Margot Hillel , single work criticism
Jo Goodman Revisits the Work of Robin Klein Jo Goodman , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 20 no. 1 2005; (p. 10-13)
Sunday's Child Judith Clarke , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 9 no. 3 2001; (p. 3-5)
Representations of Mothers and Mothering in Contemporary Australian Children's Literature Margot Hillel , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: La Trobe Library Journal , Spring no. 60 1997; (p. 97-107)
Robin Klein : 'Seeing Beyond the Obvious' Maureen Nimon , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 155-164)
Follow the Leader: Subject Position and Focalisation in 'Came Back to Show You I Could Fly' Shirley Plank , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , April vol. 6 no. 1 1996; (p. 31-42)
Plank's examination of Robin Klein's novel Came Back to Show You I Could Fly, questions the role children's literature plays in socializing its readers 'into culturally appropriate behaviour' and 'socially acceptable values and beliefs' (31). Plank utilises the work of literary theorists who interrogate a texts 'reader-subject positioning and focalisation' as deliberate narrative strategies whereby 'the author is able to subtly manipulate the reader' (33), and subsequently challenge the 'unspoken and unrecognised desire of authors to claim the child' (31-33). Plank argues that Klein's use of an 11 year old boy as the text's focus 'successfully socializes her child readers in the desirability of acceptance of the dominate values' as they are positioned to accept Seymour's qualities as 'necessities for becoming an accepted member of the community' (41).
The City: Multiculturalism and Other Urban Issues John Foster , E. J. Finnis , Maureen Nimon , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 87-104)
Fairytale Realism - Robin Klein's Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Sophie Masson , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 37 no. 2 1993; (p. 5-6)
Responding to Realism in Robin Klein's Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Pat Farrar , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : Finding a Voice 1993; (p. 185-196)
Untitled Libby K White , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: School Library Journal : For Children's, Young Adult and School Librarians , February vol. 37 no. 2 1991; (p. 81-82)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Horn Book Magazine , Jan/February vol. 67 no. 1 1991; (p. 74)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, 1990 Acceptance Speeches : Robin Klein Robin Klein , 1990 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 34 no. 4 1990; (p. 4-5)
Untitled H. M. Saxby , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 5 no. 1 1990; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Emphasis on Fantasy for Adolescent Readers Laurie Copping , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 July 1990; (p. B8)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel
Social Realism and Singing Prose Moira Robinson , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , September vol. 2 no. 3 1990; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
The Pick for the Children Leonie Tyle , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 March 1990; (p. 7-8)

— Review of A Nice Walk in the Jungle Nan Bodsworth 1989 single work picture book ; Following the Gold 1989 selected work poetry ; The Red King Victor Kelleher 1989 single work novel ; Onion Tears Diana Kidd 1989 single work children's fiction ; A Proper Little Lady Nette Hilton 1989 single work picture book ; Balyet Patricia Wrightson 1989 single work novel ; I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit Pamela Allen 1989 single work picture book ; Papa and the Olden Days Ian Edwards 1989 single work picture book ; Grandad's Magic Bob Graham 1989 single work picture book ; The Journey Home Alison Lester 1989 single work picture book ; Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; The Very Best of Friends Margaret Wild 1989 single work picture book ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel
Everyone's a Winner, For Nomination's the Prize Sally McInerney , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 April 1990; (p. 40)

— Review of The Red King Victor Kelleher 1989 single work novel ; The Journey Home Alison Lester 1989 single work picture book ; I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit Pamela Allen 1989 single work picture book ; A Proper Little Lady Nette Hilton 1989 single work picture book ; Grandad's Magic Bob Graham 1989 single work picture book ; Papa and the Olden Days Ian Edwards 1989 single work picture book ; The Dragon of Mith Kate Walker 1989 single work children's fiction ; The Great Deeds of Superheroes H. M. Saxby 1989 selected work children's fiction ; Bianca Joan Phipson 1988 single work novel ; The Blue Chameleon Katherine Scholes 1989 single work novel ; A Nice Walk in the Jungle Nan Bodsworth 1989 single work picture book ; Following the Gold 1989 selected work poetry ; The Very Best of Friends Margaret Wild 1989 single work picture book ; Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; Pigs and Honey Jeanie Adams 1989 single work picture book ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel
Award Books for Children Robyn Sheahan-Bright , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 July 1990; (p. 6-7)

— Review of The Very Best of Friends Margaret Wild 1989 single work picture book ; I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit Pamela Allen 1989 single work picture book ; Grandad's Magic Bob Graham 1989 single work picture book ; Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; The Journey Home Alison Lester 1989 single work picture book ; Pigs and Honey Jeanie Adams 1989 single work picture book ; The Dragon of Mith Kate Walker 1989 single work children's fiction ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel
Untitled 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Scan , June vol. 9 no. 3 1990; (p. 11)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled Debbie McIntosh , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald (Sydney) , 30 September 1990; (p. 145)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled H. M. Saxby , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 5 no. 1 1990; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Children's Books Meg Sorensen , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 114 1989; (p. 45-46)

— Review of The Smiling Madonna Deirdre Hill 1989 single work novel ; Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; Balyet Patricia Wrightson 1989 single work novel ; Dream Time : New Stories by Sixteen Award-Winning Authors 1989 anthology short story
Myths of Fearful Forests, Sea and Shore Katharine England , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 November 1989;

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; Against the Odds Robin Klein 1989 selected work children's fiction ; The Red King Victor Kelleher 1989 single work novel
Focus on Females With Character Robin Morrow , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 4-5 November 1989; (p. 6)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel
Emphasis on Fantasy for Adolescent Readers Laurie Copping , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 July 1990; (p. B8)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel
Social Realism and Singing Prose Moira Robinson , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , September vol. 2 no. 3 1990; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Santa's Selections for Children Sally McInerney , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 December 1989; (p. 46)

— Review of The Ghost in Abigail Terrace Robin Klein 1989 single work picture book ; Gumboots and Other Risks Gillian Barnett 1989 single work children's fiction ; The Great Deeds of Superheroes H. M. Saxby 1989 selected work children's fiction ; Imagine Alison Lester 1989 single work picture book ; The Very Best of Friends Margaret Wild 1989 single work picture book ; A Nice Walk in the Jungle Nan Bodsworth 1989 single work picture book ; Rain for Christmas Richard Tulloch 1989 single work picture book ; Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; Balyet Patricia Wrightson 1989 single work novel ; The School for Laughter Terry Denton 1989 single work picture book ; The Lighthouse Keeper's Breakfast Ronda Armitage 1999 single work picture book ; The Lighthouse Keeper's Rescue Ronda Armitage 1989 single work picture book
The Pick for the Children Leonie Tyle , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 March 1990; (p. 7-8)

— Review of A Nice Walk in the Jungle Nan Bodsworth 1989 single work picture book ; Following the Gold 1989 selected work poetry ; The Red King Victor Kelleher 1989 single work novel ; Onion Tears Diana Kidd 1989 single work children's fiction ; A Proper Little Lady Nette Hilton 1989 single work picture book ; Balyet Patricia Wrightson 1989 single work novel ; I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit Pamela Allen 1989 single work picture book ; Papa and the Olden Days Ian Edwards 1989 single work picture book ; Grandad's Magic Bob Graham 1989 single work picture book ; The Journey Home Alison Lester 1989 single work picture book ; Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; The Very Best of Friends Margaret Wild 1989 single work picture book ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel
Everyone's a Winner, For Nomination's the Prize Sally McInerney , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 14 April 1990; (p. 40)

— Review of The Red King Victor Kelleher 1989 single work novel ; The Journey Home Alison Lester 1989 single work picture book ; I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit Pamela Allen 1989 single work picture book ; A Proper Little Lady Nette Hilton 1989 single work picture book ; Grandad's Magic Bob Graham 1989 single work picture book ; Papa and the Olden Days Ian Edwards 1989 single work picture book ; The Dragon of Mith Kate Walker 1989 single work children's fiction ; The Great Deeds of Superheroes H. M. Saxby 1989 selected work children's fiction ; Bianca Joan Phipson 1988 single work novel ; The Blue Chameleon Katherine Scholes 1989 single work novel ; A Nice Walk in the Jungle Nan Bodsworth 1989 single work picture book ; Following the Gold 1989 selected work poetry ; The Very Best of Friends Margaret Wild 1989 single work picture book ; Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; Pigs and Honey Jeanie Adams 1989 single work picture book ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel
Award Books for Children Robyn Sheahan-Bright , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 July 1990; (p. 6-7)

— Review of The Very Best of Friends Margaret Wild 1989 single work picture book ; I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit Pamela Allen 1989 single work picture book ; Grandad's Magic Bob Graham 1989 single work picture book ; Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel ; The Journey Home Alison Lester 1989 single work picture book ; Pigs and Honey Jeanie Adams 1989 single work picture book ; The Dragon of Mith Kate Walker 1989 single work children's fiction ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel
Untitled Libby K White , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: School Library Journal : For Children's, Young Adult and School Librarians , February vol. 37 no. 2 1991; (p. 81-82)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Scan , June vol. 9 no. 3 1990; (p. 11)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled Debbie McIntosh , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald (Sydney) , 30 September 1990; (p. 145)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled Margaret Aitken , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 July 1990;

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled Paul Best , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Herald , 27 July 1990; (p. 11)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Junior Bookshelf , April vol. 54 no. 2 1990;

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Horn Book Magazine , Jan/February vol. 67 no. 1 1991; (p. 74)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
The Children's Book of the Year Awards Shortlists Jenni Connor , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 5 no. 2 1990; (p. 22-24)

— Review of The Journey Home Alison Lester 1989 single work picture book ; I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit Pamela Allen 1989 single work picture book ; A Nice Walk in the Jungle Nan Bodsworth 1989 single work picture book ; Grandad's Magic Bob Graham 1989 single work picture book ; A Proper Little Lady Nette Hilton 1989 single work picture book ; The Very Best of Friends Margaret Wild 1989 single work picture book ; Pigs and Honey Jeanie Adams 1989 single work picture book ; Papa and the Olden Days Ian Edwards 1989 single work picture book ; Onion Tears Diana Kidd 1989 single work children's fiction ; The Extraordinary Magics of Emma McDade Libby Hathorn 1989 single work children's fiction ; Following the Gold 1989 selected work poetry ; The Dragon of Mith Kate Walker 1989 single work children's fiction ; Merryll of the Stones Brian Caswell 1989 single work novel ; The Red King Victor Kelleher 1989 single work novel ; Balyet Patricia Wrightson 1989 single work novel ; Skymaze Gillian Rubinstein 1989 single work children's fiction ; Thunderwith Libby Hathorn 1989 single work novel ; Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Untitled Millicent Jones , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 34 no. 1 1990; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein 1989 single work novel
Fairytale Realism - Robin Klein's Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Sophie Masson , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , May vol. 37 no. 2 1993; (p. 5-6)
Jo Goodman Revisits the Work of Robin Klein Jo Goodman , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 20 no. 1 2005; (p. 10-13)
Representations of Mothers and Mothering in Contemporary Australian Children's Literature Margot Hillel , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: La Trobe Library Journal , Spring no. 60 1997; (p. 97-107)
Responding to Realism in Robin Klein's Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Pat Farrar , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : Finding a Voice 1993; (p. 185-196)
Teenage Stories of the Streets Agnes Nieuwenhuizen , 1989 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Age , 21 October 1989; (p. 10)
Robin Klein : 'Seeing Beyond the Obvious' Maureen Nimon , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives 1997; (p. 155-164)
The City: Multiculturalism and Other Urban Issues John Foster , E. J. Finnis , Maureen Nimon , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Children's Literature : An Exploration of Genre and Theme 1995; (p. 87-104)
Sunday's Child Judith Clarke , 2001 single work column
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 9 no. 3 2001; (p. 3-5)
Follow the Leader: Subject Position and Focalisation in 'Came Back to Show You I Could Fly' Shirley Plank , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature , April vol. 6 no. 1 1996; (p. 31-42)
Plank's examination of Robin Klein's novel Came Back to Show You I Could Fly, questions the role children's literature plays in socializing its readers 'into culturally appropriate behaviour' and 'socially acceptable values and beliefs' (31). Plank utilises the work of literary theorists who interrogate a texts 'reader-subject positioning and focalisation' as deliberate narrative strategies whereby 'the author is able to subtly manipulate the reader' (33), and subsequently challenge the 'unspoken and unrecognised desire of authors to claim the child' (31-33). Plank argues that Klein's use of an 11 year old boy as the text's focus 'successfully socializes her child readers in the desirability of acceptance of the dominate values' as they are positioned to accept Seymour's qualities as 'necessities for becoming an accepted member of the community' (41).
The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, 1990 Acceptance Speeches : Robin Klein Robin Klein , 1990 single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , vol. 34 no. 4 1990; (p. 4-5)
'When the Voices of Children are Heard on the Green' : The Innocent Child in Literature Margot Hillel , single work criticism
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