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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805079432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805079432
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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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The illustrations are so beautiful.
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Now that he's crawling, he will often crawl over to his bookshelf and go directly for this book over others.
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This is a superb young children's book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I gave this to my daughter for her 2nd birthday, she is a fan of both the moon and planes. The illustrations are so beautiful. The text is simple, she follows along and can name the objects on each page. She loves this book.
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This book has some beautiful illustrations, and the simple story is very sweet. I read it to my 2.5-yr-old, and I was amazed at the way it hit home with him. He was not previously interested in either planes or moons, but he breathed the story in like air. It was the first time I saw him identify himself with a tale. "This is Liam," he would say, pointing to the boy on each page. I believe some part of him was truly convinced that he had flown a plane to the moon each night. His pajamas suddenly became his space suit. He loved the idea of "running back to Momo" and getting tucked into bed. "What is outside the window?" we ask him on the last page. "Did you fly a plane to the moon? And did you jump so high that you were flying like the plane?" "Yes!" he says, with delighted conviction. We just read the library book, but I am about to order a copy of our own for my second son's birthday, hoping that his first "flight" will be as magical as his older brother's was.
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This is my two year old daughter's favorite book at the moment, and I have to say that it's her first favorite book that I haven't grown sick of after about a day of reading it 50 times. It's been over a week, and I still don't mind!

The text is simple and has a nice rhythm. The illustrations are deceptively simple: simple images but beautiful detail that they hold your attention. My four month old stares at each picture for ages, too!

I definitely recommend this book as a wonderful calming picture book.
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This is the most wonderful children's book I've seen since E. Palmer Brown's Cheerful. My 9-month-old son literally crawls over the side of the glider and reaches for this book every night before going to bed and just beams at the pictures (and the font!). Now that he's crawling, he will often crawl over to his bookshelf and go directly for this book over others. It's amazing! Hurray for Peter McCarty!
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I was first introduced to Peter McCarty's work with Little Bunny on the Move. I enjoyed the art in that book immensely, and the art in Moon Plane is of similar style and equal quality. In addition, I believe the text in this book is better. This is a superb young children's book.
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Who wouldn't like to fly? The little boy in the story does, and our grandson would like to fly too. In a plane. Over cars. To the moon. And then back to mom and his plane-covered comforter for a traveler's peaceful sleep. And, of course, that old moon is winking in the window.
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I recommend this book for any child who loves to daydream about flying around the world and to the moon! It is a beautiful story that will bring back childhood memories of great bedtime stories for all of us! I am saving it for my grandson.
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PETER MCCARTY is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Fabian Escapes, Moon Plane, and T Is for Terrible, as well as Hondo & Fabian, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his family in upstate New York.

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