Moon Plane

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Can airplanes fly to the moon? This one can!

Above the clouds an airplane flies into the sky.                                
On the ground a small boy looks up.

A young boy sees a plane overhead and imagines ...

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Can airplanes fly to the moon? This one can!

Above the clouds an airplane flies into the sky.                                
On the ground a small boy looks up.

A young boy sees a plane overhead and imagines himself in it, traveling all the way to the moon. What does he see on his way? With characteristically spare prose, Caldecott Honor winner Peter McCarty invites readers along for an imaginary trip from the earth to the moon and back again, visiting trains, planes, and boats along the way. McCarty’s luminous illustrations make the boy’s fantasy into a dreamlike journey that ends in his mother’s arms—a perfect way to end the day.

Moon Plane is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Winner of the 2007 Charlotte Zolotow Award

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
McCarty's (Hondo and Fabian) silvery-white pencil illustrations and unadorned sentences make for an evanescent airplane journey. A vintage twin-engine aircraft (the popular Douglas DC-3, introduced in 1935) soars into fluffy gray-and-white clouds as the book begins. "On the ground/ a small boy/ looks up./ He wonders/ what it would be like/ to be on that flight." Readers see a boy with a dandelion puff of light hair, knee-deep in fuzzy lichen-gray grass, then inside the plane, gazing out the window with a look of wonderment. The plane passes over an olive-gold convertible and "a train/ speeding down the tracks," allowing for another '30s reference to the famous Santa Fe Super Chief passenger line. This is no ordinary voyage, however, because the mysterious plane "would fly into/ outer space." McCarty shows it leaving Earth's orbit and gliding over a cratered but soft-focus Moon surface. The young passenger, in luminous astronaut gear, steps out and takes some weightless hops before climbing back aboard. In a haunting image whose layout recalls Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World, the child runs home through the soft grass, then into the arms of his mother, who has been taking laundry off the line as an airplane flies high above. McCarty's narrative unfolds in a whisper, with quiet words and cushiony layers of soothing gray. Despite a potentially exciting blastoff, the classic machines never sputter or roar, and every detail seems well-insulated in reverie. This bedtime story for flight fans has the loft of a goose-down pillow. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Cheri Stowers
An airplane soars above the clouds. A small boy with a big imagination looks up and envisions himself aboard the plane. Oh the fun they would have exploring and traveling together! They would glide over the cars below, soar past the speeding trains, sweep over the mountains and valleys, and overtake a plucky little boat sailing over the ocean waves. And best of all, they would zoom into outer space on an exciting journey to the moon! Upon arrival, the little boy would don his space suit and helmet. After a day of discovery and adventure he would head back home, back to his mother's open arms, back to his cozy bed where dreams of more plane adventures would tumble around in his head. A delightful read aloud. Children may enjoy creating their own adventure travel stories. Beautiful full-page illustrations done in soft muted tones are a perfect match for this tender tale.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This gentle bedtime story begins when a small boy sees a prop plane in the sky and imagines riding in it-first gliding over a car, then soaring past a train. His flight of imagination takes him beyond the ocean and into outer space, where he lands on the moon, takes a few steps on its surface, jumps, and flies "just like the airplane." At last he returns home to his mother, who tucks him into bed to dream of airplanes. A prop plane is just the right technology for this subdued tale, and the monochromatic pencil-on-watercolor-paper illustrations create the atmosphere of a silent movie. This quiet mood encourages readers to listen for the hum of the engine and the whisper of the wind. The book's sensual qualities will entrance youngsters, and the soothing text and soft artwork create the comfort and reassurance that children need at bedtime. A must-buy.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A boy's imagination carries him to great heights in this gentle adventure. When an airplane flies overhead, a small boy watches from the ground and wonders what it would be like to glide above a car on the highway, to soar past a train and to venture beyond a sailboat on the ocean. The aspiring little astronaut fantasizes traveling into outer space aboard the airplane and landing on the moon where he could jump and fly across the lunar landscape. But his imaginary moonwalk ends in time for him to be tucked safely into bed where he can pursue more aerial dreams. Softly shaded granular pencil drawings in muted grays echo the quiet text and capture the weightless wonder and timeless silence of flight in outer space. A simple and reassuring adaptation of the home-away/home-again theme with a lunar twist. Good bedtime fare. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805079432
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 584,448
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter McCarty is the author and illustrator of Hondo & Fabian, T Is for Terrible, Little Bunny on the Move, and Baby Steps. He lives with his wife and two children in upstate New York.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    more attractive to tots than parents

    I thought this book was kind of drab and dull...but my two year old LOVES it! He adores the plane that's on every page and the moon and each page has a new thing to look at--flying over a car, or a house, or back to mother. It's one of his favorites.

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