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My First Airplane Ride

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A first airplane ride can be very exciting! Watching planes take off and land, going through security, walking the jet way, finding the right seat, watching out the window as the plane taxis down the runway, and flying up high in the sky and then, at the other end, Grandma waiting with a hug! Nancy Speir’s acrylic illustrations deftly interpret the wonder and joy of a child’s first plane-trip adventure.

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Overview

A first airplane ride can be very exciting! Watching planes take off and land, going through security, walking the jet way, finding the right seat, watching out the window as the plane taxis down the runway, and flying up high in the sky and then, at the other end, Grandma waiting with a hug! Nancy Speir’s acrylic illustrations deftly interpret the wonder and joy of a child’s first plane-trip adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Guide
"Grandma says, 'Come visit me!'/Time to go! Lots to see!" A boy narrates his first airplane trip with his parents: waiting at the gate, boarding the plane, looking out the window, etc. Reassuring text provides an account of what young travelers can expect. Cleanly composed acrylic illustrations include kid-pleasing details (e.g., the boy's unmatched socks revealed at security).
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–Accompanied by his mom and dad, a little boy takes his first airplane trip. After packing and then driving to the airport, the family picks up boarding passes, goes through security, finds their gate, and walks the Jetway. Once aboard the aircraft, the child snuggles into his seat. Following the flight attendant's safety briefing, the plane soars into the sky, “LIFTING! Whooshing! CRUISING! Soaring!/SHUDDERING! Shaking! RUMBLING! Roaring!” When it lands, Grandma greets her grandchild with open arms. The concise plot nicely portrays what children can expect on an airline flight. Inclusion of the security checkpoint updates this picture book from others about first flights. Noticeable details in Speir's acrylic spreads include a small toy airplane on the boy's dresser, an airplane-patterned backpack, and two cuddly teddy bears. A quick read-aloud, this picture book would fit in with aircraft-themed storytimes and is a worthy choice to share with children new to air travel.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
Kirkus Reviews
This sparse rhyming text is perfect for the youngest listeners gearing up for their own first ride on an airplane. When Grandma writes to say, "Come visit me," a young boy and his family begin their preparations. First they pack, then they drive to the airport, get the boarding passes and watch the planes through the window. And in a nod to the post 9/11 world: "Security check. Take off each shoe. / Lift our suitcases. Backpacks, too." From the seemingly endless waiting and the flight attendant's safety talk, to specialized plane vocabulary, Hubbell covers the whole journey, up to the joyous reunion with Grandma (baggage claim is skipped). With Speir's acrylic illustrations as a guide, even first-time travelers will be familiar with the interiors of an airport and airplane and the setup of the security checkpoint. The ideas for making the time pass more quickly will be welcomed by both children and parents alike. A solid grounding for those about to leave the ground behind. (Picture book. 2-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477816752
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 314,982
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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