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Jet Plane: How It Works (My Readers) Hardcover – September 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Series: My Readers
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: David Macaulay Studio (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596437642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437647
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,413,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In one of the first volumes from the nonfiction How It Works series, Macaulay and coauthor Keenan take beginning readers for a ride on a jet plane. Along the way, they discuss technical matters such as lift, drag, thrust, and what makes that clunk sound after takeoff. Opening in the airport with a boy watching his plane arrive at the gate, the light narrative text follows him aboard, shows the plane taking off, and introduces terms such as ailerons and radar. Attractive black line drawings with color tints illustrate the principles of flight as well as scenes on the ground and in the air. Although the cutaway views of the plane and airport are detailed and intriguing, some illustrations, such as the internal view of a jet engine, are complex and more difficult to grasp, even with the accompanying text. The book presumes some knowledge or, maybe better, someone nearby who can answer the questions that are likely to arise. A challenging but worthwhile choice for young readers who are curious about flight. Grades K-2. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

David Macaulay is the author and illustrator of more than twenty-five books including Cathedral, Pyramid, and Castle. His ground-breaking The Way Things Work has become a modern classic. He won the Caldecott Medal for Black and White. He lives in Vermont.

More About the Author

SHEILA KEENAN is an established author of fiction and nonfiction, including
As the Crow Flies, a picture book collaboration with her artist-husband Kevin Duggan
Greetings from the 50 States: How They Got Their Names
Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People
O, Say Can You See? America's Symbols, Landmarks, and Inspiring Words
Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters: A Book of World Mythology

She also collaborated with David Macaulay on his new series of beginning readers:
Castle: How It Works
Jet: How It Works
and the upcoming How It Works books on toilets and eyes.

Her latest book, Dogs of War, is a graphic novel of historical fiction based on the role of dogs in the military; it will be published by Scholastic Graphix in Fall 2013.

She lives in New York City and you can visit her at www.sheilakeenan.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaui on April 30, 2013
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I love David Macaulay and this book is no exception. it's a detailed, accurate, informative and compelling book on airplanes. I highly recommend!
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By Wilson on October 29, 2014
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This is such a wonderful book! I'm a big fan of anything by David Macaulay. My family had a Macaulay book while I was growing up and I like to have these around the house for my own son. I read my son Jet Plane when he was a young 5 year old. He wasn't interested. We just took a plane trip so I read it to him again, he's now six. He was fascinated. He's still a bit young to understand everything, but that's fine. This is a book we can revisit for years to come and he'll probably get more out of it each time. The drawings are wonderful and the explanation of the physics behind flight certainly taught me a lot about flight as well as my son. We have never been let down by a David Macaulay book and the old PBS videos are also worth checking out.
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By Pat on May 10, 2013
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I got this for my almost 4 year old grandson. He is in LOVE with ALL planes. I researched a few books before buying this one, because it seemed to have everything he wanted - pictures of an engine, the inside of a plane, etc. Even though the pictures in this book weren't "real" they were great illustrations. It's easy to read and holds his attention. The one thing I would have liked would have been to have an exact picture of what is written on the page. i.e. - one page is talking about the nose of the plane and you are looking at a picture of the BACK of the plane! Hard to show him where the nose is when it's not even there! Other than that, it's very good!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Calvin on June 5, 2014
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But it is a decent book that tells it like it is. Any kids that love aviation will like this.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY on July 3, 2014
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Pass. It's terrible.
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