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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (October 26, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688092357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688092351
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS Up A flight from daylight into night in a propeller-driven airplane begins with white planes on the light blue front endpapers and ends with black planes on the darker blue concluding endpapers. The three or four (or fewer) large, bold, sans serif words per double-page spread are mostly redundant because Crews' simple and direct way of designing his planes, buildings, and landscapes create forceful narrative qualities. He treats all of his man-made objects as if they were children's toy blocks, relying on shadows to enhance their abstract and geometric shapes. Clouds and foliage are more organically treated, using airbrush and stencils to produce undulating patterns that contrast effectively with the harder-edge vehicles. The pictures tell a comforting story of a flight and make flying a form of aesthetic experience. Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.


Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.


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Highly recommended for toddlers and the beginning reader.
M. Allen Greenbaum
The richly colored landscapes give him so much to look at, and are a nice alternative to the very simple pictures of typical baby books.
S. Perlman
Great book--we used it to prepare our toddler for her first plane trip.
Darcy Penrod

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paula Burch on November 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Each picture has from one to four words describing it - from boarding to landing a plane, from the viewpoint of one watching, not riding. My son has every page memoraized! This is a good, simple book for a toddler who likes planes. There is not much 'meat' to the book; it's not meant to educate about planes or dazzle with rhythm or rhyme.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Whether writing about trains, bicycle races, harbors, trucks, or airports, Donald Crews has a mastery of clear, uncluttered shapes, both in pictures and in the organization of his stories. Somehow his illustrations are both soothing and stimulating. They're gentle, and yet Crews can surprise us with dramatically beautiful drawings as well. For anyone who's read a Crews book, the text (in Helvetica Black Italic font) has a warm familiarity. Typically, he starts slowly, and then introduces his audience to some slight twist that builds suspense, followed by a happy conclusion. That's one reason why "Flying" is an excellent book for kids who may have a fear of flying--as well as kids who love airplanes.

He begins with his typically masterful blue tones, but adds orange and mauve and greens as the backdrop for a small airport (the pictures are done with gouache and airbrush). He uses single words and short phrases to describe the opening scenes: "Boarding." "Taxiing to the runway." "Ready." (The propellers start to spin.) "Take off." (The plane begins to fly, and we can see its shadow on the runway. As the plane climbs, Crews' text remains descriptive and simple, but the illustrations become more abstract. We see complex, patterned, overhead views of vehicles on criss-crossing highways, and the geometry of rooftops, domes, towers, and a ballpark. (The text reads, "Flying over cities") At "Flying across the country," we see the transition from the city to suburbs to a post-impressionist view of farmland dotted with foliage, with the squares and rectangles of farmhouses and barns. While the illustrations are sophisticated, they're totally comprehensible. Crews takes familiar scenes, and teaches kids and adults new ways of looking at them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My 21 month old son loves this book! This is great for a child who is already interested in planes. The text is very simple, which makes it easy for a young child to "read"; simply by describing what he/she is seeing in the picture. The illustrations are also very clear and colorful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Helene Gelman on February 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend all of Mr. Crews' books. He writes in a style that is very easy for toddlers and pre-schoolers to relate to. Furthermore, his illustrations are positively delightful! However, I recommend this book even more because it was instrumental in easing my son's fear of flying and airplanes. I bought this book and read it to him before our airplane trips and I take it on the airplane and read it to him there as well. As the plane is in the various stages of flight, I show him that part of the book. I am not kidding, we went from a toddler who had to be carried on to the plane kicking and screaming to a kid that is excited about airtravel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year old daughter loves this book, so I am buying a copy to take with us on an upcoming plane trip. She loves to hear it over & over, and I think it will give her a better understanding of what will happen when we are flying (especially the waiting on the runway). For Crews fans, take a look for pictures in this book representing well known Crews books (Freight Train, Truck, School Bus, etc.) Once I recognized one, I enjoyed looking for others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Carson on June 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
My toddler really loves Donald Crews' books because they're very colorfully illustrated and the wording is minimal. She especially likes this book because she's been flying in a small plane several times and can "see" what's going on. What's especially fun is seeing how quickly she picks up what's going on in the text.
Also recommended Donald Crews' books: Freight Train, Parade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on April 8, 2013
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
Our family has several of Crews' books, including "Freight Train," "Inside Freight Train," "Truck," and "Flying." Our son adores them all. They may seem simple to adults' eyes, but something about these books really captures a child's imagination. Perfect for a young toddler, this book tells the story of a plane trip with only a few words per page. It's great for helping a 1-3 year-old child understand air travel (e.g., the idea that people use planes to get from one location to another.)

If your child is familiar with Crews' other books, he or she will delight in finding that the rainbow-colored train from "Freight Train" and the red semi truck from "Truck" make a cameo appearance in this book, hidden in plain sight among all the other tiny cars, trucks, and houses on the ground as the plane flies across the sky.
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Format: Paperback
Flying is part of Donald Crews' series of books about vehicles, and this one takes a propeller-driven airplane as its focus. With the simplest of text, he follows the small airplane as passengers board, through takeoff, and rising above the city. (Fans of Crews will recognize other books in the series in the city scene below, including Truck, School Bus, Carousel, Harbor, and Freight train.) Then the plane rises into the clouds, traveling until it arrives in another city at night.

This book is a good preschooler's introduction to the concept of flying in a plane. It satisfies a preschooler's curiosity about airplanes and ties together many books in his interesting series. It's a great choice for both read-aloud and self-entertainment.
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