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I believe all children want to fly. Indeed, I remember myself as a child, lying on my back in our yard, watching planes fly by and wonder where they were going.
This book tells Benny, the plane's, story. Benny gets built to serve in the war. When the war is over he "loses his job."
Most hilariously, "...The other planes had also lost their jobs..." but Benny gets acquired to work in a circus, until the circus shuts down and Benny is out of work - again.
Next, Benny gets purchased to fly "over little towns all over the world. He dropped toys and food from the sky."I have to assume that Benny "is working for a charitable organization.
This part of the story is not too well defined. It's a great opportunity for children to learn how charitable organizations work (if that's what it is), or maybe the plane was used for disaster relief activities. We don't know.
This book is unique because even though it is a children's book it uses real pictures of real early planes to illustrate the story. The author also delivers an appendix naming the names and giving details about what situation the pictures illustrate.
Nice effort, especially the effort to humanize the planes (as well as the appendix) - 3 stars,
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
Benny was built for use in the war. When the war ended, he lost his job. He went to work for a carnival. It shut down and he was back in the field stored with other unused planes. Then he delivered toys and food for children and loved his job.
This is recommended for very young readers and uses monosyllabic words.
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The truth is there's barely a story here at all. Benny the Biplane had good work during the war, then he was out of work for a while, then he wasn't, then he was, etc. Benny is portrayed as a kind of 'homeless puppy' who finds a home again, a couple of times. Then "Benny smiled, and his engine purred." The End. Huh? That's the end already?
While I get it that the author wanted to teach a couple lessons here, about unemployment, working and so forth - not to mention war - I just don't think it works very well. And the dozen or so photos of biplanes aren't even that interesting. Maybe an 8 year-old would find it interesting, along with the facts in the appendix tacked on at the back. Or maybe not. In any case, I probably wouldn't read this book to my grandkids. Sorry, Benny. (two and a half stars)
- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
This is a wonderful story, perfect for children 2-6. Simple, short sentences paired with real photos of biplanes are able to keep the interest of children, especially ones that love things that go! I really liked that this book was able to introduce a little history of the biplane along with some real jobs that biplanes were used for. It also touches upon the subjects of having a purpose and fulfilment providing an easy way to introduce children to those topics. I would have loved a sentence about what makes a biplane special (I correctly guessed bi went with the two wings) so I could answer this inevitable question that my child asked me.
This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.
I am very fortunate to have won the book in a LibraryThing Giveaway!
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