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Starred Review. PreSchool-K–This gentle bedtime story begins when a small boy sees a prop plane in the sky and imagines riding in it–first gliding over a car, then soaring past a train. His flight of imagination takes him beyond the ocean and into outer space, where he lands on the moon, takes a few steps on its surface, jumps, and flies just like the airplane. At last he returns home to his mother, who tucks him into bed to dream of airplanes. A prop plane is just the right technology for this subdued tale, and the monochromatic pencil-on-watercolor-paper illustrations create the atmosphere of a silent movie. This quiet mood encourages readers to listen for the hum of the engine and the whisper of the wind. The books sensual qualities will entrance youngsters, and the soothing text and soft artwork create the comfort and reassurance that children need at bedtime. A must-buy.–Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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*Starred Review* A small boy stands in a field of tall grass. Looking up at an airplane flying through the sky, he imagines what it would be like on that flight--to fly faster than a car can go, to soar past a train, to burst into space. He imagines stepping off the plane onto the surface of the moon, where, when he jumps, his weightlessness will make him fly. But soon he must bring himself back to the plane, back to Earth, where his mother is waiting for him. The simple text (with its ending a gentle reminder of Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are) appears one brief line to a page. Though this idea (and it's more an idea than a story) will catch kids' imagination, it is only when combined with McCarty's art that it soars. Using pencils, McCarty creates soft-edged, silver-tone artwork notable for its elegant simplicity. Yet this is undoubtedly child-friendly. The train, the plane, and even the surface of the moon have a solidity that will make children want to reach out and touch, even as the pictures' dreamy softness will move kids to a space inside themselves. McCarty catches both the way children's imaginations work and the connections they make. Ilene Cooper
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Inexpensive used book in great shape small tear in the dust cover but the book itself looks brand spanking new. Took a few weeks to get here but I wasn't in a rush.Published 20 months ago by Kimberly L. Tabickman
This book is like a soft sigh at bedtime.
The old-fashioned plane matches all the illustrations and the cover font -- this is perfect bedtime reading. Read more
My toddler love this book and can relate to the imagination of the young boy in the story.
The illustrations are beautiful.
My son loves this book. He really likes planets, airplanes, etc. and the gentle style of the illustrations have made it a staple for his nap/bed time routine.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 3 yr old (and his daddy) love this book. It is a sweet book about an adventure of imagination.Published on August 26, 2013 by Melissa Haunson