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Pilot Pups Hardcover – May 6, 2008

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Waiting is a big part of childhood. Waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen. However, now a child sets the stage and pulls the strings in a timeless, heartfelt picture book about imaginative play, friendship, and surprises. Paperback | More for ages 3-5
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Two adorable stuffed puppies take off in a toy airplane. A pefectly scanned rhyme scheme recounts their adventure as they go up in the air, around the house, over Dad’s head (“Watch out for the mountaintop”), through a patch of fog (steam from the kettle), and, finally, help a couple of pals whose toy train is stuck. This pithy picture book's art is as appealing as its text. Everything has dimension, from the mottled backgrounds and the toy plane and train that look as though they were carved from wood to the dogs, who seem sturdy yet squishable. The book has the right elements for very young children: a story short enough to hold their attention, imaginative wordplay, and pictures that will allow them to imagine their own toys come to life. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Michelle Meadows is the author of Itsy Bitsy Baby Mouse, Traffic Pups, Pilot Pups, Piggies in the Kitchen, Piggies in Pajamas, Hibernation Station, and The Way the Storm Stops. She lives in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416924841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416924845
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi! I love to write bouncy stories that get children hooked on reading. I especially enjoy writing in rhyme and creating fun books about animals.

I grew up in Washington, D.C., and now live in Maryland with my husband and son.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Mikhail on May 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I, too, eagerly have been awaiting the release of Pilot Pups. Michelle Meadows' first book, The Way The Storm Stops, has been a favorite of my daughter's since she first was able to appreciate books (she's now 3.5 years old). We read Pilot Pups several times as soon as we got it- an instant hit! It's so interesting to watch my daughter process the yawning dad as a mountain, the stack of dishes in the "creek" as a "peak", etc. My favorite reading moment with my daughter in a long time: she told me she wanted to "be in" the picture in the kitchen with the dad drinking tea (love that it's not coffee, by the way). I asked her what she'd be doing, and she said, "Sitting right THERE [pointing to the countertop], looking at those guys [PP]!" So, she then pretended to dive into the book! That's a pretty good effect, I'd say. I also have a pseudo-professional interest in speech and language, and I can see great features to Pilot Pups for those purposes (rhyming; broad, colorful vocabulary; alliteration, etc.). I can't wait to see how my daughter's experience of Pilot Pups changes and expands, as her mind is able to make more and more of both the dynamic and subtle elements of this wonderful story.
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Three Pilot Pups are sitting on the bed all snuggled up in front of the pillow, but something is missing. Many of the other toys that belong on the bed and in the room are missing. It's time to climb up on the shelf and into their plane and go on a reconnaissance mission and find those toys, the ones that never did get put away!

"Start the engine,
buckle up.
Down the runway . . .
PILOT PUPS!
Rolling faster,
lift up high.
Soaring, roaring-
to the sky."

This is an charming book any preschooler will want you to read again and again. This is a gentle lesson book that will encourage children to keep their rooms neat and to pick up their belongings. The art work is adorable and appealing and makes this book a page turner for the little ones. Is your room picked up and is everything neat and clean? If not, you could take a few reminders from this book!
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Love it! Love it! Love it! I am a Nana, and I bought "Pilot Pups" for my 3 year old granddaughter, Jasmyn. She loves books and thoroughly enjoyed "reading" "Pilot Pups." She loved the thrill of the adventure. The action description, combined with the colorful pictures, holds little people's attention and keeps them involved in the story. I loved it so much, I have bought several copies to give as gifts, including a copy for my granddaughter's Pre-K classroom. I, too, have read and loved Michelle Meadows' other book, "The Way the Storm Stops" which I purchased for my grandson, DJ, when he was younger. I could not WAIT for her to write another. We are looking forward to hearing more from Michelle and those delightful pups.
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My son is three and is just now getting into books. He wants us to read to him all of the time now and so I turned to Amazon and bought him a ton of books. This book is really cute. The illustrations, the text and the story itself is just precious and best of all my son loves it. What kid doesn't love planes or dogs and so the idea of putting them together is a hit. I enjoy reading it to him and it keeps his attention. I definately recommend this book. I hope this turns into a series of pup adventures.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine C. Snow on May 3, 2008
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I have been so excited for this book to come out! And it is everythimg that I thought it was going to be. The story is so perfect for children ... I can't wait to give it to my 3 year old granddaughter! This is the 2nd children's book that I have from Michelle Meadows and each one is just perfect. I love the whole concept of Pilot Pups. Thank you Michelle for such an outstanding picture book!!!
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Michelle Meadows captures the heart of every parent and child with her talent for selecting the perfect words. Her books settle children after a busy day and deliver sweet messages that aren't cloying or trite, but are instead, timeless and endearing. I buy her books for every new baby that comes into my life and with twin grandchildren on the horizon, I guess I better buy two of each this time!
Thank you Michelle, write faster we want more!
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