Children's Literature - Katie DeWaldWhat is a hover plane? How do ailerons work? What does a plane's cockpit look like? The answers to these questions and much more information on the inner workings of all types of aircraft are found in this book from the "How Machines Work" series. In this book, all elements of aircraft are described: the types, design, engines, how they take off, steering mechanisms, navigational equipment, and cockpit components. Large colorful pictures of various types of aircraft are accompanied by sidebars labeling the make and model of the aircraft as well as its specifications. Clear diagrams and helpful photographs are used frequently to supplement the information provided in the text. Key words in bold print are defined in the glossary at the end of the book. The book also includes a helpful table of contents, index, and a list of applicable websites. Young aircraft lovers will be fascinated by the depth of information in the text, enthralled with the detailed diagrams, and captivated by the pictures. Graham offers a thorough and appealing description of the mechanics behind a variety of types of aircraft that remains accessible to younger readers. Reviewer: Katie DeWald
How does a plane fly?
Children's Literature - Sara LorimerDon't let the amateurish cover turn you off: this book is a fine addition to any young child's library, especially a child who is fascinated with big machines. The author has done an impressive job of finding many types of aircraft, from the Wright brothers' biplane to the latest military unmanned air vehicles. Sentences are short, but not clunky. A broad range of readers will enjoy this, from small children begining read to, to pre-teens (and older) working on school reports. Each page is fully illustrated with photographs, and the images work well with the text. More information about how planes fly would have been interesting; wing shape and air pressure is covered in just half a page. The environmental impact of airplanes' fuel consumption is not discussed. Back matter includes a glossary, index, web sites for further reading, and a timeline. From the impressive "Mighty Machines" series.
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