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Transportation is the name of the game in a quartet of titles. For preschool passengers, the paper-over-board Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton, illus. by Ant Parker, uses rhyming couplets to wax poetic about air travel ("The flight deck's where the captain/ and copilot do their jobs./ They both know how to fly the plane/ with all its dials and knobs"). A final page labels and describes plane and airport parts. Ages 3-5.
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“For preschool passengers, the paper-over-board Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton, illus. by Ant Parker, uses rhyming couplets to wax poetic about air travel.” ―Publishers Weekly

“For preschool passengers, the paper-over-board Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton, illus. by Ant Parker, uses rhyming couplets to wax poetic about air travel.” ―Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Amazing Machines
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Reprint edition (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753459159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753459157
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 14-month old son absolutely loves this book, and I have to admit that I do, too. The text is well-written and rhymes, with a nice cadence to it that is fun to read, even after you've read it three times in a row! The book explains how you travel by airplane -- packing your bag, going to the terminal, checking in, getting on board, etc. It even (briefly and simply) tells how airplanes fly. The illustrations are bright and colourful, and the story really feeds a little one's excitement about going on a flight. If your child (age 6 or less, I'd guess) is interested in airplanes, or if you are planning to travel on one, I would highly recommend this book.
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Amazing Airplanes is a cute little book for toddlers and preschoolers interested in airplanes and air travel. While I still find Airport to be the best book for young children on airplanes and flying, Amazing Airplanes definitely has its own charms, and covers some topics not tackled in Airport. The cast of animal characters is appealing, and the illustrations are lighthearted and sometimes comical, such as the gate agent frowning at the "canceled" sign and the Lady Gaga-esque getup on the feline flight attendant. The text does a nice job of explaining complicated concepts such as aerodynamic lift and air traffic control in a simplified way that young audiences can understand. Some topics are not particularly applicable to U.S. domestic air travel, such as flight attendants who bring you "magazines and trays of food to eat," but these are minor points easily skipped or explained if necessary. ("That won't happen on our flight.") On the whole, this is a fun book for young children anticipating an upcoming flight or simply interested in airplanes.
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I purchased this book to prepare my then 2 year old (now 3) for her first trip on an airplane. It helped to ease her anxiety - and mine... :) She is a seasoned traveler now, loves planes and loves this book - still!! It is one of her favorites.
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A sweet story for young travelers. The animal travelers have adorable expressions, the journey is explained in rhyme but details are factual. I especially appreciate the explanation of how the air lifts the plane, and the explanations of the pre- and post-flight. This book was received with enthusiasm and read daily before/during a long trip. If you're a creative reader (adding to the book with further stories and descriptions), this book can work for as early as 18 months, and could also be an early reader.
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Really cute story about a trip on the airplane, from checkin and baggage to flight attendants on the plane, the captain speaking, working with the traffic control tower and more. Our 2 1/2 year old loves planes and loves reading this book, especially on and after his recent plane trip, where he remembers the things he did himself.
If you're taking a little one on a plane, this is a great book to have.
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This line of books is great for teaching children the facts about various subjects while incorporating cute and colorful pictures of animals. Highly recommend. My daughter is 2.5 years and loves learning about airplanes and rocket ships (another one of their books).
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My little girl has become obsessed with planes. She loves this book. In the back it even goes over all the parts of a plane. Fun for little kids interested in planes and I think it'd also be very good to prepare a child before their first flight.
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I bought this book for a 2 year old granddaughter prior to our flight to Mexico. We went through all the things Rat, Bird and Rabbit did getting ready and going on the airplane. It became her go-to book both before our trip and even afterward when she had seen all the things first hand. Although I got other books about flying, this one resonated best with her. She still asks to read it when I visit. The little one is asking when we can go on a BIG ahplane again.
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