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Freaky-Big Airplanes
     

Freaky-Big Airplanes

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by Meish Goldish
 

Zoom into the sky aboard the largest airplanes in the world. From the Antonov An-225 that is almost as long as a football field to the Airbus A380 that can hold up to 840 passengers, these planes aren't just big-they're freaky big.

Overview

Zoom into the sky aboard the largest airplanes in the world. From the Antonov An-225 that is almost as long as a football field to the Airbus A380 that can hold up to 840 passengers, these planes aren't just big-they're freaky big.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Rife
Aircrafts come in many sizes, and this book offers an opportunity to learn about the world's largest aircrafts. Readers are introduced to a variety of gigantic aircraft; ranging from the largest passenger plane to the largest cargo plane to the plane that transports the space shuttles. Indeed, the author does an excellent job of covering all types of aircraft. In addition to two paragraphs of information about each type of aircraft, there are also several large photos and statistics detailing the size and weight of the plane. The tidbits throughout the book are interesting without getting too technical. For example, a description of the longest airstrike in history or comparing the Wright Brothers' plane to the ones in the book. Terms that appear in bold throughout the book are included in a short glossary at the back. This glossary includes both definitions and an accompanying picture. Table of contents and an index as well as a bibliography and references for further information are also present. Although the use of "freaky" as an adjective is not typical for nonfiction books, it works well at attracting the target audience of students between the ages of seven and twelve. Use of larger words and terms like the Soviet Union keep this book from being appropriate reading for the youngest grades but would still be of interest to them if the information was relayed and they looked at the photos. The book is part of a four-book series titled "World's Biggest." Reviewer: Melissa Rife
School Library Journal
Gr 3-4– Colorful, close-up photos of the featured machine or structure will draw readers to this attractive series. Titles include nine chapter spreads, each of which has a full-page photo that slightly spills over onto the opposite page, where one or two paragraphs are printed over a fluffy white cloud with a blue sky background. A smaller photo usually appears near the text. Each chapter covers one machine, describing how it is used and providing statistics such as length, height, width, weight, wingspan (Airplanes), and speed (Roller Coaster). Informative captions appear in boxes designed to look like metal plates attached with screws. The texts end abruptly, but are followed by a “More…” page with four or five small photos and captions of additional similar equipment, giving the impression that there was too much material for the allotted space. Earthmovers and Trucks suffer from simplistic vocabulary at times. Earthmovers, for example, vaguely explains hydraulic as “liquid flowing through the machine,” and Trucks refers to ropes or cables as strong cords. Airplanes and Roller Coasters have fewer problems and are acceptable purchases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597169592
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
World's Biggest Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,083,494
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

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Freaky-Big Airplanes 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smaller than it appears. Not much substance, only a handful of planes. I thought it would be bulkier and more durable give the cover appearance and title. Needless to say I was disappointed. Will still use as a gift for my 6 year old nephew. Value should be closer to $10 at most.