The Little Airplane

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Mr. Small is a high-flying pilot in this adventure! Pilot Small prepares for his flight, and then enjoys the bird’s-eye view from above. As fresh today as when it was first published, this fun and informative look at flying is perfect for airplane trips.

Pilot Small flies his airplane over the countryside, does a loopy-loop, makes an emergency landing, and finally returns safely to the hangar.

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Overview

Mr. Small is a high-flying pilot in this adventure! Pilot Small prepares for his flight, and then enjoys the bird’s-eye view from above. As fresh today as when it was first published, this fun and informative look at flying is perfect for airplane trips.

Pilot Small flies his airplane over the countryside, does a loopy-loop, makes an emergency landing, and finally returns safely to the hangar.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lois Lenski's Mr. Small appears in two stories first published in the 1930s, now available in full-color editions. The Little Sailboat stars Captain Small and his dog, Tinker, who sail and fish and swim; after a full day, they head home, racing a storm to shore. As Pilot Small in The Little Airplane, the star flies a small propeller-driven airplane, does loops and turns and even makes an emergency landing. The landscapes pictured here reflect the relatively unpopulated vistas of the 1930s, and Lenski's artwork still delights with its bold forms and classic simplicity. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Lois Lenski delivers sheer delight as she describes the adventures of Mr. Small in his little airplane. At first glance this book is quite deceptive as the simplistic illustrations and title suggest an equally simple text. Lenski provides her readers with a simple tale of a man enjoying a leisurely airplane ride with all of the wonder that such an adventure would evoke for young readers. However she intertwines hefty vocabulary into the text: aileron, neutral, elevators, taxi, and hangar; while providing plentiful whimsical illustrations and even a diagram to appropriately illustrate her words. Lenski's use of such intricate terms makes for a much more technical book, appealing to older readers and serving to extend the experience for younger readers. Lenski's use of simile also serves to enrich the language of the book. Perhaps the original copyright of 1938 explains why the language of this book seems atypical when compared to today's books intended for a similar purpose or audience; however this aspect of this true Lenski treasure will only serve to compound the reader's joy. 2003 (orig. 1938), Random House, Ages 4 to 8.
— Sarah Nelson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375810794
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/27/2003
  • Series: Lois Lenski Books Series
  • Edition description: 1ST RANDOM
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 288,527
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.79 (w) x 7.01 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Lenski was the author and illustrator of more than 90 books for children, including the very popular "Mr. Small" picture books. She is counted among the most influential author-illustrators of the twentieth century. She was awarded the Newbery Medal for STRAWBERRY GIRL and a Newbery Honor for both INDIAN CAPTIVE and PHEBE FAIRCHILD.
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