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The Little Airplane (Lois Lenski Books) Hardcover – May 27, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Lois Lenski Books
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037581079X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375810794
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Mr. Small is a high-flying pilot in this adventure! Pilot Small prepares for his flight, and then enjoys the bird?s-eye view from above. As fresh today as when it was first published, this fun and informative look at flying is perfect for airplane trips.

About the Author

Lois Lenski was the author and illustrator of more than 90 books for children, including the very popular "Mr. Small" picture books. She is counted among the most influential author-illustrators of the twentieth century. She was awarded the Newbery Medal for STRAWBERRY GIRL and a Newbery Honor for both INDIAN CAPTIVE and PHEBE FAIRCHILD.

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The illustrations are beautiful and the story is nice.
high expectations
This book is also great for older children who want to know more about the basic mechanics of airplanes and flight.
Amelia S.
You can tell how much they want to hear of it as you start reading, and adjust your reading accordingly.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amelia S. on December 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
While the text may be lengthy for toddlers (I have a 3-1/2 year old who loves this book, borrowed from the library, that I'm buying him a copy), this is certainly a book that grows with the child. The engaging, simple pictures allow for much imaginative story telling (who ever said parents are supposed to read every word when the child isn't ready?), moving into reading more and more of the text as the child grows older. I trained for a private pilot license, and the details given are simple and factual; just the kind of real stuff that children interested in airplanes would want to know; it's stuff they absorb readily if the subject interests them. I'm glad to see these books back in circulation. The other books in Lois Lenski's series are great, too.

I don't know what the board book is like, but the rating of Baby-Preschool isn't accurate, at least for the 56-page Hard- and Paperback editions. This book is also great for older children who want to know more about the basic mechanics of airplanes and flight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marie Colantoni Pechet on June 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was a gift and I originally thought that it was too detailed to be interesting to my 22-month-old son. However, it has a very calming quality and he insists on it every night before bedtime. The adventures move along frequently enough to hold his interest, without being overly stimulating. And he can identify elements he likes from the drawings, such as the propeller, the wind sock, the hangar, and the car on the ground.

His father and I appreciate the accurate details. I'm now on-line looking for other books by Lois Lenski, hoping that they, too, will be a hit for us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Dillon on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This review was actually written by the father of the child to whom I gave the book. He is a pilot as is the child's grandfather.

"The plane looks just like a red Piper Clipper, so Grandpa Tom will be delighted. Clearly written by someone who has flown taildraggers, as it is a perfect and simple primer in how to fly one properly. I wish I'd had that down in Florida [where he took flying lessons]..."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heath on January 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is OK, but it's not a fun story like Cowboy Small, it's a description of the things that happen when a pilot takes a plane out for a flight, mostly about the parts of an airplane. So it's not a very interesting story, although it might be good if your child was interested in learning more about the parts of an airplane. If you're looking for another book like Cowboy Small this is not it.

We bought this for our son because we (and he) love Cowboy Small. Unlike Cowboy Small, which has short text and focuses on various events in a few days of the life of a cowboy, this book has lengthy explanation of avionics stuffed into a non-story about a quick light. If Cowboy Small were written the same way, it would just be about him mounting his horse, riding around for an hour, then putting his horse away and most of the pages would be detail about all the parts of a saddle and what they are for, then a detailed inventory of everything in his saddlebags, including items he never uses in the story. That wouldn't bad bad book for an older kid, but it wouldn't be as much fun as a simple story for a younger kid.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gwynne C. Spencer on May 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This little book is a basic lesson in how airplanes work and would be a great prologue if you're reading HATCHET by gary paulsen in which the kid learns to fly a prop plane the hard way. Introduces all the basic elements of fixed wing flight in non-cutesy language. Also would be a fine book for first-time flyers to reassure them that airplanes do indeed NOT fall out of the sky.
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This is such a sweet book. My three year old loves it, and I like the step-by-step description Lenski gives of driving to the airport, checking the plane, taking off, banking, and all the other things that go along with flying an airplane. The language is clear and concise with a good rhythm. It's also a nice gift, especially if you know of any children who might be interested in aviation.
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By Suzanne Ebright on June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm so glad I bought this classic for my grandson. The illustrations are priceless, and the text (for a child who can sit still, and who enjoys "getting the facts"), is just perfect.
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By E. Rob on May 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
good book
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