Big Book of Airplanes

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Imaginations will soar! From the fastest?and noisiest?passenger plane in the world, to downright strange aircraft, here is a spectacular look at a subject of endless fascination to children. Marvel at one of the first planes to blast into space! Learn about a plane that can land on water. And take a close look at the fastest of all jet planes, the Blackbird. Striking photographs are supported by lively and informative text that gives children a fuller understanding of these ...

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Overview

Imaginations will soar! From the fastest—and noisiest—passenger plane in the world, to downright strange aircraft, here is a spectacular look at a subject of endless fascination to children. Marvel at one of the first planes to blast into space! Learn about a plane that can land on water. And take a close look at the fastest of all jet planes, the Blackbird. Striking photographs are supported by lively and informative text that gives children a fuller understanding of these amazing machines.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Stunning photographs, diagrams, and succinct text...; Excellent browsing for aviation fans and reluctant readers. (Booklist) This type of book can be revisited time and time again. (Library Talk, Starred Review)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
DK adds to the oversize Big Book series with Airplanes, which details everything from the 1930s yellow and black Gee Bee, known for its high speeds and "daredevil tactics," to today's jumbo jet (aka the Boeing 747), including working aircraft like the agricultural airplane and the ER-2, a "flying laboratory," and even a spy plane, the SR-71A. Cutaway views show cockpits and front, rear and side views. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
From crop dusters to space flight, this glossy, large format book lives up to the promise of its subtitle, "The fastest and most unusual planes ever made." (or at least some of them) Presented in Dorling Kindersley's signature style with white background and large, clear photographs (in this case, very large, indeed), the planes are accompanied by notes and short, informative paragraphs. The earliest plane shown is the black and yellow Gee Bee Super Sportster, a nifty little racer from the thirties, only 23 of which were built by the Granville brothers in Springfield, Massachusetts. The impressive Concorde is here, although without dates and without any mention of its recent troubles. While the editors have necessarily been selective in their choices, there is plenty to keep an avid airplane fan intrigued, from the British Red Arrow stunt planes to the Chinook helicopter and the F-16. Information is brief, but may inspire further research. Part of the publisher's "Big Book" series, the volume includes a short glossary and an index. 2001, Dorling Kindersley, $14.95. Ages 7 to 12. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft AGES: 7 8 9 10 11 12
From The Critics
This oversized title may prove a shelving challenge but will delight kids interested in the most unusual planes ever made. Poster-like spreads of photos invite leisure browsing as they cover both old and new styles of planes, blending contemporary color photos with discussions of airplane systems and uses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789465214
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 167,143
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.69 (w) x 14.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2008

    this is a good fact book.

    My favorite plane in this book was the F-16, because it flees high. And my dad used to fly them. I liked the part of the book when it shows the planes.It also has a very powerful engin. And has bombs.

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