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Airport Paperback – September 25, 1987
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"For young children, this may well be the definitive book on airports and on airplanes. Children will return to it again and again."--" School Library Journal""A first-class trip all the way."--" The New York Times"
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From the excitement of arrival to the wonder of taking off -- a picture book that captures in joyous and powerful images all the magic of an airport.
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Top customer reviews
It's been a few months now and he still demands that we read it on a daily basis over and over. There are a few things I really like:
1) It's not a board book, but the pages are plasticized and hard to rip.
2) Each page is one big airport scene, and the drawings are very colorful and full of details. We often play games like "find the man with a beard" or "find the mama holding a baby."
I think it should be updated to place more emphasis on the security area. The x-ray machine is just a detail on the corner of one of these drawings. I ad-lib a lot to add something I think is important, like waiting in line to check bags and get boarding passes. The images are there, they just need a narration. And sometimes I change the way something is phrased. One page goes: "'Buckle your seatbelts,' the flight attendant says," and I invert the order of those phrases because I think children remember better the last part of a statement.
I'm nitpicking, but it is still a great book. My son loves it, and it truly made my trip alone with a 2yo much easier. He seemed to be more relaxed in a new environment because he knew what was happening. He proudly pointed out things he recognized: "Boarding passes!" "The runway!" "Fasten your seatbelt, mama!" so cute :)
Each page has vivid fun colors and lots of details you can discuss with your child. Buses, taxis, planes, trucks, lots of scenes with crowds of people. Our boy loves finding and pointing out all the little details.
"Where's the man with the cowboy hat?"
"Can you see the little boy with his mommy?"
"Do you see anybody on the plane with glasses? What about somebody reading a book?"
I'd recommend it if you have a flight coming up and would like to get your kid/s excited about air travel.
This book is listed as being for preschool-age (3-6), but my 2 year-old is absolutely in love with it. It helped us prep her for a long plane flight we recently took, and ever since we returned home, she continues to ask for it, and loves to explain what is happening on the pages. If your kid is past the "tear every sheet of paper s/he sees" stage, this one is worth a try.
The illustrations are bright, colorful, and nicely detailed. My daughter especially enjoyed little touches like the cat in the carrier at check-in, the colorful flags atop the terminal, and the boy and his parents who appear on several pages. (She always stops to point out "mama" and "dada.") The words themselves are simple, and a nice complement to the far more involved illustrations.
We bought the paperback version, which made it a great size to tuck into a bag to read at the airport and on the plane itself. Having tackled her first flight, if anything my daughter is even more interested in this book now. Written in 1982, the content is still quite relevant and accurate, even if some minor details have changed. (My husband and I smiled to see so many of the passengers on the plane reading books--no laptops or iPads here!)
For example, pay attention to the luggage color, bus color, etc. Our kid still points out that the bus was there, etc.
Prepare yourself to read this a million times!!
Do not spill anything on the book! Pages will stick together and break. I guess you already know what happened to ours. However it had a great life!! and it made our kid happy many times!