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The Airplane Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books) Hardcover – February 1, 1997

4.4 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amy on November 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My two-year-old son absolutely adores this book, even though the writing is directed at children above his age. He wants to go through the alphabet over and over with me (and yes, there are airplanes for every letter, including the Xandu and the Yak), stopping at his favorites. No jet aircraft are included in this book, with the possible exception of the Osprey, which the text admits is an unusual inclusion in the book; however, both military and civilian propeller-driven airplanes are included.
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!
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Format: Paperback
My 21 month old daughter just loves this book! We checked it out of the library and now I have to buy it because she wants it read every time we read a story. It is full of accurate bits of information on each aircraft that are approprite for any young child.
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My two-year-old loves airplanes and I wanted to decorate his room in planes. I bought this book which had 8x10 pages and framed some of the photo's for decoration on the wall. He loves looking at all the airplanes before bed!

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.
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Mr. Palotta has written a beautiful book. However, it is truly not for young children just learning the alphabet, and would be better appreciated by 8+ year-olds. Also note that contrary to the title, military aircraft are featured. This is not a book that explains the parts of the airplane or instruments. A good choice for one with an interest in military aviation, whose parent knows military planes very well. Not for an airline pilot's kid.
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Book is clearly educational -- We gave it to our 5 year old grandson. The pictures and references are very good, the level of detail to read or even comprehend is much more for a pre-teen or teen. I was a little disappointed in the quality of the paper -- it is a very light-weight (albeit glossy) paper. Our grandson was pleased, I was satisfied but not enthralled.
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Our three-year-old grandson borrowed a copy of this book from their local library in Chantilly, VA. He had it memorized in three days! This book even helps him identify airplanes at the nearby Air Museum, Dulles airport. I just HAD to buy a copy for our house when he visits. I also bought some of Jerry Pallotta's other books .... look for these, as well. Thanks, Jerry and all the artists!
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While this book has excellent illustrations, I found it to not be appropriate for little children. My 2 year-olds love airplanes and are very intelligent. This book mentions war and planes crashing. They will definately ask what war is and about the subject of plane crashes. The last thing I need on our next passenger flight is for them to start worrying about the plane crashing. There are better books out there that will allow your child to learn about the fun of airplanes and flying.
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This airplane alphabet book is fantastic! For any child who is fascinated with airplanes (and loves to read), it's the perfect gift. Each page has a letter and a coordinating factoid based on that letter. Very educational- my son loves the big pictures of the different airplane models through the years. I plan on buying another book because I actually framed four of the photos, I loved the illustrations so much. Vintage looking, such a great find!
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