Airplane Flight!: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure

Overview

In the cockpit Captain Bright
Makes sure everything works right.
Wing flaps open. Wing flaps close.
Lights shine bright on tail and nose.

Susanna Leonard Hill's rhythmic text and Ana Martin Larranaga's simple but enticing art will take young readers on an exciting airplane ride! Kids can lift the10 flaps throughout the book to make their flying and reading experience more ...

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Overview

In the cockpit Captain Bright
Makes sure everything works right.
Wing flaps open. Wing flaps close.
Lights shine bright on tail and nose.

Susanna Leonard Hill's rhythmic text and Ana Martin Larranaga's simple but enticing art will take young readers on an exciting airplane ride! Kids can lift the10 flaps throughout the book to make their flying and reading experience more fun! Fasten your seatbelt and fly above the sky with this interactive book that's shaped like an airplane. This format is perfect for young children who are going on a plane for the first to one-hundredth time!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The title pretty much says it all. This sculpted-edge board book follows its little travelers from pre-takeoff preparations in the cockpit with Captain Bright and Copilot Snow to a safe touchdown at their destination airport. Along the way, toddlers can watch the ground crew do its work and, once airborne, learn how the captain detours around a threatening storm. The flaps are absolutely basic paper engineering. Rather than hide surprises, they tend to reemphasize visual cues, such as when the wing flaps open, the resting birds are frightened away, or the nose running light changes from white to yellow. The crew and passengers are all a politically correct mixture of colors and genders, although the female co-pilot does tend to kowtow to her male captain. Still, the softly rounded forms of Larranaga's tubby little plane and people are comforting, and Hill's rhymed text suitably moves the aircraft forward. What matter that its "big jet engines roar with power," while its snub nose leads, propeller first? Prop planes always were more loveable. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416978329
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Series: Lift-the-Flap Series
  • Pages: 12
  • Sales rank: 176,086
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Susanna Leonard Hill grew up in New York City and has taught dyslexic students for many years. She spends her time being a mom, writing children's books, and visiting schools.

Ana Martin LarraƱaga lives with her family in Germany. She doesn't have a dog or a goat but is always thinking of getting one (maybe because her eldest son asks for one of each constantly). She is the illustrator of more than 60 children's books.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    My four year old son and two year old daughter absolutely fell i

    My four year old son and two year old daughter absolutely fell in love with this book one day at Barnes and Noble, and we just had to take it home with us. I like that it is written in rhyming couplets and the illustrations are very kid friendly--though the front propeller and the shape of the plane is not exactly reflective of a true commerical airline. The content is accurate, and I've seen my son apply his knowledge from this book as he watches the planes take off from our local airport that is very close to our house. The book devotes 6 pages to the take off of the plane, only 3 to the actual flight, and only 1 final page to the landing--which I think is not a balanced reflection of an actual airplane ride.

    My kids request to read this book often, and they love to lift the flaps while I read! When my kids are sitting side by side in my lap, both the left facing and right facing sides have flaps, so they can take turns opening them. The notable exception is the last page, which only has one large flap--my kids often fight over who gets to flip it. I also find the book a bit difficult to read aloud with two kids in my lap. The position of the text on each page varies from top to bottom and side to side. Especially since my kids have their hands on the flaps throughout the book, I find myself shifting around to try to see over my kids' heads and their hands each time we turn the page. My husband also complains that the varying text positions on each page combined with the flaps makes it more challenging to read--even with one kid on your lap.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Love this book!

    Airplane Flight is adorable on every level -- from its pudgy airplane shape...to the simpe, charming story...to the colorful illustrations...to the interactive flaps. I travel a lot for business and love to explain that experience to little ones with this book. My favorite Susanna Hill title!

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Favorite Read

    If you have a toddler or preschooler who love vehicles, check out this wonderful book and its companion, Freight Train Trip. The story - and there actually is one, which is not always the case with novelty books - is written in catchy rhyme, and the interactivity feature of the lift-the-flaps makes it fun for even the littlest readers. The story is short enough to make for a quick read if you're in a hurry, but can easily be lingered over or read 2 or 3 times over if you have more time. This fun book has quickly become by 2 year old son's favorite!

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Airplane Flight Is Great Fun!

    What a fun book to share with your favorite toddler or preschooler! He or she can open and close the wing flaps, make the nose light shine, direct the plane to the runway, and make it take off to name just a few of the activities. The story is written in engaging rhyme that kids will want to hear again and again, and that adults will find fun to read. While enjoying the story, kids will learn about airplanes and flying. Whether you're on a plane with your young one, preparing for his or her first flight, or just looking for a good story to read, Airplane Flight is a great choice!

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