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Children's LiteratureRight up front, author Stille, invites readers to answer the question, "What's that noise?" Commands of "listen," "look," and "feel" set a quick pace for the learning to come. Well-organized material states the ins and outs of helicopters. How they fly, why they fly, where they go, and how they help people are some of the questions answered. Fascinating photos of various types of helicopters are ones readers will look at over and over. Bright red or yellow headings present readers with an enjoyable reason to read the pages. Of special interest is a photo of one of the first helicopters flown in the U.S. Midway through the book the participatory text says, "Let's take a ride." Working "choppers" include ones used to spray fields, monitor traffic, fight fires, launch missiles, and haul passengers from one place to another. A robot helicopter and a V/STOL helicopter are featured at the end of the book as new types of choppers. A glossary page and fact page follow the text. Two resource pages are first rate since it lists library books, web sites, a place to mail for information, and a museum where 40 helicopters are exhibited. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 6 to 9.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury