A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet

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Did you know that helicopters can fly forward, backward, and side-to-side? Or that the wingspan of a jumbo jet is almost twice as long as the distance of the Wright Brothers' first flight? Since recorded time, man has looked to the sky and dreamed of ways to fly there. A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet celebrates the roots, inventions, and spirit of the science of flight. Young readers will learn about famous events such as the Spirit of St. Louis's nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the launch of...

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Did you know that helicopters can fly forward, backward, and side-to-side? Or that the wingspan of a jumbo jet is almost twice as long as the distance of the Wright Brothers' first flight? Since recorded time, man has looked to the sky and dreamed of ways to fly there. A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet celebrates the roots, inventions, and spirit of the science of flight. Young readers will learn about famous events such as the Spirit of St. Louis's nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the launch of Columbia STS-1 (the first space shuttle), as well as meet courageous aviators who broke barriers in the air and on Earth like the Tuskegee Airmen and Amelia Earhart. Aircraft of all kinds, including giant airships, wind-dependent gliders, and awe-inspiring F-16s, are depicted in spectacular artwork. The glory of flight is brought to stunning life.As a teacher, parent, and published author Mary Ann McCabe Riehle has encouraged young students and adults to follow their dreams and tell their stories. A is for Aviation is her third children's book. A featured author and speaker at several reading and writing conferences, Mary Ann lives in Dexter, Michigan. David Craig is an avid history buff and his remarkable skill at depicting historical events and people has led to diverse projects including collector's plates and a millennial champagne label. His children's book, First to Fly, the story of the Wright Brothers, won the inaugural James Madison Book Award. David lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Riehle offers a mixed bag, ranging from people like the Wright Brothers and Chuck Yeager (the first to fly faster than sound), to airplanes and machine parts such as the undercarriage or landing gear (pontoons, skis, wheels) or vertical stabilizers, which control the nose of the airplane. In addition, the book explains general concepts such as "flying," where kids are treated to a display of the Blue Angels that fly in close formation at events and air shows and "zero gravity" to allow future astronauts to experience what it will be like in space. Like the other books in this series, the text is written on two levels—simple four-line rhyming text that is accompanied by several paragraphs of denser text explaining the topic in much more depth. The book can be used by younger students as well as those in the upper grades, although the picture book format and alphabetic approach may not be as appealing to older readers. There is also an upper and lower case letter featured on each of the appropriate alphabet pages. The artwork in this book is really the show stopper. The paintings clearly relate to the subject and provide considerable information by just looking at them. Craig obviously is familiar with and loves everything relating to aviation. Although it is interesting for browsing, this title is not a cohesive look at the subject. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585363582
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Series: Science Alphabet
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 240,317
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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