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Super Simple Paper Airplanes: Step-By-Step Instructions to Make Planes That Really Fly From a Tri-Plane to a Jet Fighter Paperback – November 3, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 12
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140277026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402770265
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Hackedad on February 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm giving this book such a poor rating, not because the airplanes are bad, or that it's a bad book, but the title is very misleading. With an appropriate title, it would earn 5-stars.

The cover entices you with two very cool designs and shows off what can be made, but you'll need some very good folding skills, be able to follow 2-3 pages of directions, and understand origami drawings & terminology to make them.

This is more of an "origami paper airplanes" book than a super simple airplanes book. While the instructions are clear and the designs varied and unique, the vast majority of them are not "simple". This is not a good book for children who have never had an introduction to origami. It does give a couple of basic designs, but I'd say that younger children would do better with a different book.

There's an entire introduction dedicated to explaining the various symbols used to denote various types of folds, explain origami principles and terminology (like "mountain" vs. "valley" folds). While this is great for one that wants to learn these techniques, it just doesn't fit with the title. Similar to origami, many of the designs require a square piece of paper. This also adds to frustration with the expectation of easy to build and fly airplanes.

If this book was more appropriately titled, it would be 5 stars. Buying it expecting a good book for airplane beginners earns it two stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hedera Femme VINE VOICE on October 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This library book was beaten up: pencil marks, folds, dog-eared pages, and food stains. I can see how it might be so popular. This book features clear instructions on making so many paper airplanes--I can't even imagine how many classmates fell victim to the pointy ends of these low-tech flying machines, but judging by the many types found in this book, the number must be formidable.

The author uses some highly technical language on how planes work, on aerodynamic principles, on drag, launching techniques, names of axes on these contraptions, etc. For the truly interested reader, there's a huge amount to learn...and for the hands-on or mischievous one, some blueprints to myriad of really neat planes. There's a lot in this book, and while it is quite advanced, even younger readers will have fun looking at the colorful folded paper and the possibility of making and launching an aircraft far more interesting than the old-school original we have seen so many times.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book covers oragami,as well as the principles of flight in easily understandable language. The folding instructions, for over 40 planes, are complete and easy to follow and the results are all excellent performers. The book is beautifully illistrated with photographs of the finished planes. The book can be enjoyed by both childern and adults and makes a great gift.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MJSinDC on August 25, 2010
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I got this book from the library and now am buying it because it is such a hit with my 3 and 6 year old boys. I am able to make all the designs easily and my six year old is able to make most of them by following the pictures. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig D. Scribner on January 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I don't have any experience in origami etc., so maybe that's why the title "super simple" has seemed surprising to me. These planes are really cool! And just the right gift for my three kids (8, 5 and 4)--they let me decipher the instructions, and then we make planes for hours.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Paper airplane books and paper folding books can be very difficult to follow. Paper Airplanes instructions are clear and easy to follow. It does help to have played with origami a little but most of the planes use only simple folds.
I have used Paper Airplanes which Amazon shows as publisher out of stock. I'm only assuming that Super Simple Paper Airplanes is very similar. The cover art is the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "ejtmwtjkt" on July 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
my grade school age son loves this book. good directions for complex folds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doc on August 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
The kids had a ball with this book and flying the planes. The only reason I didn't give it a five star is that the title says these are super simple paper airplanes, but some are complicated. Nice book!
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