I Love Planes!

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Some carry people around the world.
Some land on water.
Some can loop around the sky.

What does your favorite plane do?

Blast off into the world of biplanes and gliders, seaplanes and dive bombers, and find out the special jobs of ...

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Some carry people around the world.
Some land on water.
Some can loop around the sky.

What does your favorite plane do?

Blast off into the world of biplanes and gliders, seaplanes and dive bombers, and find out the special jobs of every kind of plane.

Author Biography:

Philemon Sturges is an architect as well as the author of several books for children, including I Love Trains! and I Love Trucks! He and Shari Halpern also collaborated on Rainsong/Snowsong. He lives with his wife in Boston, Massachusetts.

A child celebrates his love of planes by naming his favorite kinds and their notable characteristics.

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Publishers Weekly
A child expresses a keen interest in all manner of aircraft in I Love Planes! by Philemon Sturges, illus. by Shari Halpern. Endpapers describe flying machines and terms (e.g., "Sky scratches are not smoke. They are ice crystals made by the airplane's breath in the cold of the high sky"), in a format that follows I Love Trains!, which is now available in paperback.
Children's Literature
A young boy swings in his backyard and imagines all of the places he might fly and all of the exciting things he might do along the way. "I like to loop the loop and power dive and hover and soar, or shoot from a boat with an ear-blasting roar." Near the end of his adventures, the little boy flies to where he wants to go most of all—outer space "where stars twinkle in the sky" and where Mom is hard at work in the space station. Mission accomplished, he jumps off his swing, returns to Earth and runs into Mom's arms. Young children will be reassured that even the most adventurous of aviators will be welcomed home with open arms. Lively and colorful pictures illustrate each page of brief text. And the front and back endpapers are covered with planes of all sorts—from biplanes whose "two wings make it easy to maneuver" when used for "acrobatics and crop spraying" to helicopters which "like dragonflies, can fly up and down, or backwards" and sometimes just hover. A book for any young child who loves planes! 2003, HarperCollins Publishers,
— Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
PreS-K-After folding and flying a paper airplane, a boy dreams about ways of traveling aloft, such as balloons, blimps, and spaceships. Down on Earth, readers see him soaring on a swing and being twirled around in the air by his mother. Children will enjoy the bold colors and simple text in this third outing from Sturges and Halpern. They will particularly enjoy finding out that the child's mother is an astronaut. Bright endpapers show a range of flying machines with a little bit of information about each of them. Preschool storyhours will soar with this book. Pair it with Douglas Florian's Airplane Ride (HarperCollins, 1984) and Donald Crews's Flying (Morrow, 1989). A great choice for most collections.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sturges and Halpern (I Love Trains!, 2001, etc.) team up again for the not-unexpected airborne entry in their series of picture books on the apparatus of travel. A child, most likely a little boy, declares his love of flying machines of all kinds from planes and jets to balloons and gliders. He lists the things he’d like to do while in the air: "I want to land on the sea and not get wet, / Then zoom to grandpa’s in my jumbo jet!" The bottom line: he loves planes. Halpern’s bright, full-bleed illustrations are as charmingly simple as before. Sturges’s rhyming text will lend itself to quick memorization. Young flight enthusiasts will soon be taking off on solo reading jaunts. Front and back endpapers, much like the previous volumes, feature a sentence or two of information next to pictures of each flying machine. The whole book would work well for group sharing, while those endpapers would be a perfect stepping-off point for one-on-one sharing with older preschoolers. (Picture book. 3-6)
“A high-flying treat”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060288990
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Philemon Sturges was an architect and the author of several books for children, including I Love Trains!, I Love Trucks!, I Love Planes!, I Love School!, and I Love Bugs!

Shari Halpern has illustrated a number of books for children, including Hush, Little Baby and all five previous books in the I Love series. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey, with her husband and three children.

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