Planes Fly!

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From the author of Trucks Roll!, an up-in-the-clouds exploration of all things airplane.

World’s mighty big
but there’s just one sky
and it’s yours to travel.

Planes fly!

Take to the skies with this fun, rhyming book about all that planes do! From jet planes to puddle jumpers, from the cockpit to the ...

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Overview

From the author of Trucks Roll!, an up-in-the-clouds exploration of all things airplane.

World’s mighty big
but there’s just one sky
and it’s yours to travel.

Planes fly!

Take to the skies with this fun, rhyming book about all that planes do! From jet planes to puddle jumpers, from the cockpit to the rudders, this book explores it all—and the bright, dynamic illustrations will keep even the youngest of readers engaged.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
For children intrigued by flight, Lyon has written an energetic and exciting book in rhyme about planes of all sorts…
Publishers Weekly
Newcomer Wiggins's luminous artwork is an inspired choice for this celebration of airplanes, a companion to 2007's Trucks Roll! Crisp silhouettes and pale blue skies convey sleekness and speed, while the retro imagery suggests a series of vintage travel posters. Lyon's simple verse provides the scaffolding for powerful images: "Big air buses/ room-for-all-of-us-es./ Planes fly!" To accompany this, Wiggins draws a head-on portrait of a massive, gracefully contoured jet wing, drawn with a dynamism that reveals it as the masterpiece of 20th-century design that it is. Small details don't escape Wiggins's notice, either; in another spread, a wide-eyed boy is served dinner ("Eat a little snack") while a paunchy middle-aged passenger snores across the aisle ("Take a little nap"). Lyon describes the characteristics of flight and the different uses of airplanes, supplying plenty of official-sounding jargon to satisfy kids' thirst for information: "Rudders, flaps/ ailerons, tail/ steer the plane/ around storms or hail." But it's Wiggins's ability to draw absorbing and dramatic stories from each of Lyon's telegraphic phrases that makes this book soar. Ages 4–7. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (July)
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"From the opening sky-blue endpapers, showing the looping paths of paper airplanes launched by silhouetted children, to the concluding endpapers, in which a variety of planes trace similar looping patterns in the sky, this beautifully designed picture book focuses on flight. After introducing many types of aircraft, their purposes, and some of their features, it brings the viewer on board for the experience of flying in a passenger plane. Lyon’s rhyming text includes staccato lines that name types of flying machines and communicate the experience of flight, alongside original, childlike phrases, such as “Hand-built gliders / take-you-for-a-riders. / Big air buses / room-for-all-of-us-es.” The text leaves plenty of room for illustration, and Wiggins takes full advantage of it in a series of striking images depicting planes in flight, airplane and airport personnel, and a diverse group of passengers. The digital illustrations include a variety of lovely textured effects suggesting light, shadow, and movement. Color is used for beauty and dramatic effect in some scenes, for warmth or definition in others, and in one double-page spread, to create a modern landscape of farmland and mountains as viewed from the air. Children intrigued by flight will enjoy every page of this dynamic picture book."
July 2013 School Library Journal
"Lyon takes off to the sky with this exuberant book. Jaunty, bouncing-off-the-tongue rhyming text names aircraft parts, lists different kinds of planes, and describes passenger air-travel experiences, repeating the upbeat refrain, “Planes fly!” throughout. Wiggins’s retro-style illustrations amplify the cheerful tone with bright, bold colors and strong, streamlined images. A wonderfully diverse cast of passengers in the aerobus includes a nervous little girl and a little boy. Everything radiates excitement, safety, and competence–even the ominous thunder clouds part for a plane’s passage. A reassuring rundown of events that happen between buckling the seatbelt and touching down for landing (including a snack and a nap) makes this title helpful to those new to flying, but it just might fly off the shelves where transportation books are in high demand."
The New York Times Book Review
“For children intrigued by flight, Lyon has written an energetic and exciting book in rhyme about planes of all sorts: ‘Bi-planes/tri-planes/gotta-love-the-sky planes/Prop planes/jet planes/how-fast-can-you-get planes.’ With the look of 1930s travel posters, Wiggins’s intensely colored pictures show planes at their most glamorous, zipping between storm clouds and swooping low over forest fires. Even the in-flight snacks look appealing. Perhaps the golden age of travel isn’t over after all.”
Kirkus Reviews
Imagination takes flight in this masterfully illustrated, bouncing verse for the plane-obsessed. Beautifully composed drawings thrill, as biplanes, jet planes, prop planes and seaplanes take to the skies. Wiggins applies an old travel poster aesthetic to his digital illustrations--and delivers on their promise of adventure, enticing readers into the world of air travel. Soaring into a vast blue sky, he captures the feeling of unlimited space, the freedom of flying. When they are on the ground, his planes are epic, mammoth machines. Even in a storm--with the light bouncing through clouds, illuminating the plane from underneath--the effect is idyllic. His choices, from a warm palette, excellent use of pattern and a texture that alludes to the use of linen paper, make everything about this journey feel special. Lyon's informative, rhyming text touches on the mechanical (from plane parts and types) as well as the emotional (the experiences of both pilot and passenger). Her verse goes beyond enumerating a plane's basic purposes to affirming the spirit of flight and exploration: "Climb through clouds / heading for blue-- / just like a bird. / Air holds you." This exciting invitation to take to the air is one energetic and entertaining journey for adventurers and aviation lovers alike. (Picture book. 3-7)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Lyon takes off to the sky with this exuberant book. Jaunty, bouncing-off-the-tongue rhyming text names aircraft parts, lists different kinds of planes, and describes passenger air-travel experiences, repeating the upbeat refrain, "Planes fly!" throughout. Wiggins's retro-style illustrations amplify the cheerful tone with bright, bold colors and strong, streamlined images. A wonderfully diverse cast of passengers in the aerobus includes a nervous little girl and a little boy. Everything radiates excitement, safety, and competence-even the ominous thunder clouds part for a plane's passage. A reassuring rundown of events that happen between buckling the seatbelt and touching down for landing (including a snack and a nap) makes this title helpful to those new to flying, but it just might fly off the shelves where transportation books are in high demand.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442450257
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/23/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 504,043
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George Ella Lyon grew up just down the road from Blanton Forest, the largest old growth forest in Kentucky, and has always felt most at home in the woods. Some of her recent titles include the ALA Notable All the Water in the World, the Schneider Family Book Award–winner The Pirate of Kindergarten, the Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book You and Me and Home Sweet Home, and Planes Fly! A novelist and poet, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. You can find out more online at GeorgeEllaLyon.com.

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