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I Love Planes! Hardcover – March 18, 2003

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (March 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060288981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060288983
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 10 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr. 1. This companion to I Love Trains! (2000) evokes a young boy's passion for planes of all kinds--from gliders to dive-bombers. Relayed in first person, the short text, which sometimes rhymes, reveals the places the narrator wants to go and the things he wants to do, such as "float to the moon in a big balloon." "Most of all," he concludes, "I want to fly to where stars twinkle in the sky . . and visit Mom," who is pictured in a space station. The simplicity of the child's words is well matched by the colorful, uncluttered images, outlined in black, which call up work by Byron Barton and Charles Schulz. Endpapers front and back, each different, buzz with plane references and a few facts. This is a high-flying treat for children already fascinated with planes; its appealing jacket and clean design will attract others to the thrill of being airborne, too. Julie Cummins
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“Young flight enthusiasts will soon be taking off on solo reading jaunts.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A high-flying treat” (Booklist)

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Philemon has had a strong appetite for books since he was a boy. He loves to read books and poetry aloud in his booming voice. The father of three grown daughters, Philemon enjoys visiting schools and writing for a young audience. "Everything is new to kids," says Philemon. "it is an honor to introduce them to things -- plus, it's fun!"

A former award-winning architect, Philemon now uses his vision to create books rather than buildings. Philemon had his first book published in 1995 and has published at least a book a year since then. He typically likes to work on two or three new story ideas at a time.

As a boy, Philemon spent many summers at his grandpa's house in Bristol, Rhode Island, where he fell in love with boats and the sea. After a four-year Navy stint in Japan, he moved back to Rhode Island. When he wasn't working on the development of downtown Providence, the waterfront of Newport, or the boat basin on Nantucket, he spent his time sailing, clamming, and riding the waves in his dory, the Dawn Treader. He even spent a year living on an old ferryboat moored in Providence Harbor.

Currently, Philemon splits his time between the city and the country. He can be found at home in the heart of Boston's South End (in a brownstone he redesigned) or out in the charming country town of Princeton, Massachusetts. He lives with his wife, Judy Sue, and his two dogs, Rufina and Giotto. Wherever he is, Philemon enjoys cooking and eating and spending time with friends. (Rufina and Giotto love his leftovers!)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Smith on March 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The reviewer who suggests that this book is about a boy with two moms (not that there's anything wrong with that!) is just plain silly. This book is about a boy who loves all kinds of air transportation, including (but not limited to) planes: sea planes, hot air balloons, blimps, jets, and space shuttles. He *imagines* that he is in the cockpit of a jet; he *imagines* he is traveling in a space shuttle; he *imagines* that his mom might be in a space station.

The text is simple but appealing for younger kids, and there is some more factual information on the endpapers. My son and I love this book as well as the whole "I Love" series. But if a child doesn't know how to use his/her imagination, then I suppose this book (and many others) might be too confusing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zookeeper Mom on March 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My daughter absolutely loves airplanes, blimps and anything in the sky. This book is simple and has a lot of cute touches in the illustrations. I don't think it's quite as good as I Love Trains, which reads more lyrically. This book also strays into spacecraft at the end, which is fun but not as "on topic" as the train book was.
As for whether the child in the book has two mommies, don't be ridiculous. My daughter, who is not yet three years old, saw the Mom on the space station, then at home on the next page and said "the Mommy is home from work!" She also points out that on the final page with Mom & child, there is an airplane flying past with a male pilot. "That's the Daddy!"
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Format: Hardcover
Philemon Sturges' I love Planes! chronicles the passion that a little boy has for all things aviation - gliders, planes, helicopters, balloons, blimps, even space shuttles. Complemented with bright illustrations by Shari Halpern, the story unfolds, letting us know the reason the boy has for loving planes - his Mom is an astronaut, hard at work in a space station. At the end of the story, the boy and his mother are reunited, and she (in a star speckled dress) spins him around the playground, much to his delight.

This review and more like it available on my blog, Bibliopapa.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Heather Kyle on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The cover looks like a book that would appeal to young boys dreaming of being like the Wright Brothers. I got this book for my young son who is inspired by his Pilot grandfather. The book begins in a typical way showing various airplanes and telling things about them. Then towards the end it throws a very unexpected twist; the boy goes to visit his mom who lives in a space station. We were both confused, the book is supposed to be about airplanes. Then when he returns home he returns to the arms of another woman, two "mommies" perhaps? Not a desired context for introducing the idea of homosexuality to my toddler. It seems to me that the purpose of the book is to promote feminism and homosexuality to toddler boys rather then being about airplanes at all. I am disappointed because I find it difficult to find books for my son showing positive male role models or men in positions of leadership and heroism that can inspire him. In this book the mommy steals the show.
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