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"A" Is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet

by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle, David Craig

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9781585363582

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot

Riehle offers a mixed bag, ranging from people like the Wright Brothers and Chuck Yeager (the first to fly faster than sound), to airplanes and machine parts such as the undercarriage or landing gear (pontoons, skis, wheels) or vertical stabilizers, which control the nose of the airplane. In addition, the book explains general concepts such as "flying," where kids are treated to a display of the Blue Angels that fly in close formation at events and air shows and "zero gravity" to allow future astronauts to experience what it will be like in space. Like the other books in this series, the text is written on two levels—simple four-line rhyming text that is accompanied by several paragraphs of denser text explaining the topic in much more depth. The book can be used by younger students as well as those in the upper grades, although the picture book format and alphabetic approach may not be as appealing to older readers. There is also an upper and lower case letter featured on each of the appropriate alphabet pages. The artwork in this book is really the show stopper. The paintings clearly relate to the subject and provide considerable information by just looking at them. Craig obviously is familiar with and loves everything relating to aviation. Although it is interesting for browsing, this title is not a cohesive look at the subject. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

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