- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 3
- Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
- Series: Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Charlesbridge; Library Binding edition (February 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881069078
- ISBN-13: 978-0881069075
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 11.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Airplane Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books) Hardcover – February 1, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
"Realistic illustrations and informative, informal text take readers on a whirlwind tour of flying machines," said PW. All ages. (June)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4. Brightly colored pictures of mostly vintage airplanes will attract young aviation enthusiasts. The realistic illustrations are of excellent quality with meticulous detail and a wide variety of backdrops. A paragraph of text describes the plane featured on each page. The fact that this is also an alphabet book is almost secondary. For example, B is for B-17, E is for Electra, M is for Messerschmitt, but few of the planes have any markings that associate them with a specific letter. It is unclear as to why, between Q and R, two pages are devoted to the crash of a remote-controlled model airplane. This is a good, but strictly additional, choice for browsing or one-on-one sharing with an adult.?Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I'm not someone who gets easily offended and I'm not advocating sheltering kids from the real world. I probably tell my son too much-like now he's worried about the house tipping over because i told him what a tornado is. But "Did the pilot survive? Did it crash into anyone's house?," come on.
The quality of the pages are not very great, they are more of a matte than a shiny material and are not very thick either. The pages would not hold up to a toddler very well but when they are framed on the wall it looks great.
For those wondering, you could not put both A and B on the wall since those letters would be back to back on a single page. So buy two books if you plan on framing all the pages or want to frame a series in alphabetical order.
The text, as I mentioned, is clearly aimed at children older than two. I am very pleased with the text; it is clear and simple but it doesn't talk down to young readers. It gives interesting tidbits of information about the various aircraft and explains the basics of how airplanes fly.
Although each letter is prominantly featured in both upper and lower case, the focus of the book is really not the alphabet. The alphabet forms a backdrop and theme for the gorgeous illustrations of airplanes. The realism and minute detail make this a book older children, who already know the alphabet, would like to possess. In fact, I know quite a few adult aviation fans who would love to receive this as a holiday gift! My son easily spends a half an hour to forty-five minutes just looking at the pictures--a VERY high compliment from any two-year-old.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves airplanes. It would not be my first choice for teaching my son the alphabet, but he is certainly learning to love books and to love airplanes!