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Summary: Using state-of-the-art 3-D illustrations, this book introduces readers to all things having to do with flight. After explaining how things fly and the forces of aerodynamics there is a short chapter on aviation ancestors which includes myths and legends (Icarus), airships, balloons, and gliders. The next section covers aviation milestones: early aircraft, the jet age, supersonic flight and the space program. The final and longest section offers information on 13 aircraft that range from the Catalina Guba II seaplane and the Airbus A320 to the F-22 Paptor and Space Ship One. This is an illustrated nonfiction chapter book for kids interested in aviation history and technology.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 and up
Interest Level: 8 and up
Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old boy and his sister.
Young Reader Reaction: I let a friend’s son borrow the book and he really enjoyed it. His sister also liked it so this is not just a “boy” book by any means!
Adult Reader Reaction: I loved it! It covers a lot of ground. Although it doesn't offer a lot of great detail, it is enough to get a solid understanding ... and the pictures and illustrations are fantastic. although not in great detail.
Pros: This is a book that is a perfect introduction to aerospace and aeronautics. It is well suited for younger, less knowledgeable readers; but also has the "cool" factor of 3-D that older kids will love. This is an excellent choice for a reluctant reader.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a great selection for the school or public library, but will be read over-and-over by kids who love all things "airplane" or "spaceship."
Educational Themes: The book is filled with useful, factual information that can be used in science and social studies; used as the starting point for research or experiments; or enjoyed for fun.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.