Why Can't I Fly? by Rita Golden Gelman is a funny little story about a monkey who wants to fly and just can't understand how she can do all these things but can't fly. As the story progresses, each of her numerous friends (who can fly) offer solutions to her. Inevitably, they all fail. Finally her friends band together to take her for a ride, finally giving her the opportunity to "fly." Written with a fair bit of rhyme, this story is a good early reader. The illustrations are simple drawings with only a few colors per page, but track the story well. Source: Library Book.