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Author: Clement, Nathan
A clear, step-by-step explanation of the process of air travel. Shows how each worker at an airport and on a plane contributes along the way.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/19)
School Library Journal (04/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2019 Taking a plane trip for the first time can be an exciting and a frightening experience for a child. In simple text, this book follows a family (mother, father, daughter) as they board a plane, enjoy a smooth flight, then disembark for their destination. Along the way, vocabulary related to airplanes and flying is introduced. Brightly colored, naturalistic digital illustrations convey a great deal of information about how an airport functions, such as how the baggage is loaded and that ground control directs the air traffic. The people depicted have varying skin tones, and the pilot is a woman with a male copilot. With the focus divided between the technical preparations for the plane and the experience of the traveling family, not much detail is given to either. No security line is depicted, for example, and there is no explanation about how the plane is able to go aloft. Used with a nonfiction book about how airplanes work, this story could be helpful in calming any concerns a child might have about an upcoming trip. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 PreS-K—This picture book gives readers the inside scoop on the people and technology behind a successful flight. It opens with a young girl and her parents presenting their tickets to the travel agent at the gate. The next scene focuses on the luggage: "The baggage crew loads the cargo hold. 'Cargo doors are closed,' calls the ground crew." The illustration spans the spread and gives readers the feeling of being at the airport. As in real life, the ground crew looks small in comparison to the plane. Text and illustrations work well together and would be an excellent choice for a storytime or in a one-on-one reading. Another strength of this title is the effort that went into making the text accurate. In the opening page the author thanks his technical advisors: a first officer, an aircraft manufacturing representative, and a flight instructor. The title helps build curiosity and vocabulary in a child-friendly way. A list of 13 "Airplane Words to Know," including cockpit, yoke and flight attendant, is appended. VERDICT This is a highly recommended early STEM title for public libraries and schools, and a great way to prepare young children for their first plane ride.—Robin Sofge, Prince William Public Library System, VA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.