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Flight 1-2-3 Hardcover – March 12, 2013

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452116628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452116624
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-Families might want to familiarize themselves with these universal symbols before they head to an airport. Beginning with the image of a plane along the highway pointing the way, van Lieshout asks children to spot and count such things as luggage carts, check-in desks, escalators, restroom signs, and seat belts. Readers will be surprised at how many images they can find. All of these symbols are in the margins of the pages and the actions that the symbols represent are boldly illustrated in bright primary colors in the same graphic style. Information is given in the end pages about the creation of the typeface in 1968 that we all recognize today. This book can be used as a companion to a seek-and-find activity. This useful guide will engage children and create an enjoyable visit to an airport.-Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Using airport signage figures and typeface to illustrate the airport experience, the simplified artwork in this unusual counting book uses color sparingly and without shading. A boy rides with his parents to 1 airport, where they grab 2 luggage carts and go to one of 3 check-in desks, and so on, down to 9 women in line for a bathroom. Switching to a view outside the boy’s visual experience, we see 10 gates on a map of the terminal, 100 seat belts, and 2,000 miles from a bird’s-eye view, and 33,000 feet (altitude) from space. The shift from the child’s view to more abstract concepts is a giant leap that will leave some of the book’s audience behind. Still, this companion volume to van Lieshout’s Backseat A-B-See (2012), which introduced highway signs and the alphabet, has plenty to offer. While its minimalist expression of form and color may strike some as rather cold, the artwork is pleasing in its own way and expresses humor and warmth with its own sense of style. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

Maria was born in Holland and grew up in a small town outside of Amsterdam called Oegstgeest. After finishing high school in Holland, she graduated from The George Washington University with a BFA in Visual Communications, and worked for The Coca-Cola Company.
After she won the green card lottery (for real!), she left her job as Creative Director for Coke to write and draw for kids full-time.
Maria lives in a creaky 100-year old yellow Victorian in San-Francisco with her husband Peter and their son Max Pelle.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hudson on April 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Flight 1-2-3 by Maria van Lieshout is a great picture book to give to kids before going on a trip that involves an airplane. Each page covers some part of the trip plus a number. At the beginning it asks the question, "When taking a flight, what do you see?" The answers go from 1 to 10 for things like the airport, the escalators, check-in desks and airplane gates. It also goes to higher numbers that engage the imagination of young children, like "100 fastened seat belts" and "a million places to explore." It all ends with a happy reunion with friends or relatives once the family gets to its destinations.

Van Lieshout's illustrations are sparse and colorful, reminiscent of signs you see in airports with symbols for food and drink, restrooms and trash cans. With its sturdy, easy-to-wipe-off cover, Flight 1-2-3 can be easily taken along on a trip and referred to often as families go through each stage of travel.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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By Jackie on April 18, 2014
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There was nothing in this book to capture a child's attention. I would not recommend this book to anyone. The pictures were dull and there was no information truly provided. Many of the pictures could not be identified for the age group it appears to be geared toward.
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By Catherine W. Hughes on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This concept book introduces young readers to the steps of taking a flight, from arriving at the airport to meeting family or friends at the other end. A useful resource for young children about to take a flight, children, ages 0-5, will find interest in this book.
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