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Children's LiteratureWhat do PVC pipe, pegboard, popsicle sticks, fishing bobbers, empty soda bottles, valve stems from inner bicycle tubes, primer, bamboo skewers, electrical tape nylon webbing, balloons, and craft foam all have in common? Each is a material used in one of the twenty building projects in this exceptional book about things that fly. The first chapter tells how to build a workbench, and the following six chapters delve into projects related to hot-air balloons, parachutes, airplanes, UFOs, water rockets, and jet packs. Each one contains shopping lists and supply lists (as not all households are on equal footing in the handyman area) and plentiful photographs, diagrams, and drawings of the projects in various stages of assembly. An excellent hands-on book for kids who want to build things. Parental involvement is often advisable (and fun) but older kids will be able to do much of it independently. The introduction of the book highlights the author's passion for flight, building, and learning together. His anecdotal reminiscences at the start of each chapter are not only interesting but also educational. Highly recommended, especially for those who have difficulty coming up with a cool project from scratch. 2005, Gibbs Smith Publisher, Ages 9 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan