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My First Airplane Ride Hardcover – September 1, 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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PreSchool-Grade 1—Accompanied by his mom and dad, a little boy takes his first airplane trip. After packing and then driving to the airport, the family picks up boarding passes, goes through security, finds their gate, and walks the Jetway. Once aboard the aircraft, the child snuggles into his seat. Following the flight attendant's safety briefing, the plane soars into the sky, "LIFTING! Whooshing! CRUISING! Soaring!/SHUDDERING! Shaking! RUMBLING! Roaring!" When it lands, Grandma greets her grandchild with open arms. The concise plot nicely portrays what children can expect on an airline flight. Inclusion of the security checkpoint updates this picture book from others about first flights. Noticeable details in Speir's acrylic spreads include a small toy airplane on the boy's dresser, an airplane-patterned backpack, and two cuddly teddy bears. A quick read-aloud, this picture book would fit in with aircraft-themed storytimes and is a worthy choice to share with children new to air travel.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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Short, rhyming phrases record the events as a boy takes his first plane ride. Every incident along the way is chronicled here: packing, driving to the airport, getting boarding passes, going through security in stocking feet, waiting at the gate, etc. Though the double-page pictures are simple, the level of detail is well calibrated to the target audience. For example, one of Speir’s acrylic paintings shows the family passing through the security area, an experience that may seem odd or invasive to young passengers. The illustration offers parents an opportunity to discuss details such as the metal-detecting gateway that passengers walk through, the tabletop where the family’s carry-on bags (and teddy bear) await x-raying, and the electronic wand held near the boy’s shirt by a security agent. Colorful and reassuring, this picture book is a good, practical choice for pre-travel reading. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761454365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761454366
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My daughter loves this book! We got it from the library before we took a trip, and it details the steps involved with an airplane trip very easily (checking in, security check, waiting at the gate, LOUD take-off...ect). Each page has a simple rhyming sentence or two and adorable pictures. We've read it so many times my daughter "reads" it to herself all the time now. We purchased it so we can pull it out before any future trips to help her remember what's involved with air travel.
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We wanted to try to help our almost 2 year old understand what to expect from a plane trip and this book has been great. He loves the pictures and I appreciate that it has pictures of things like taking shoes off at the security gate so that we can try to help prepare him for the trip. We looked at a couple other books but this was definitely the one that 1) interested him the most and 2) had the best information on getting him prepared what to expect.
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I bought several airplane books to help prepare my 3 year old daughter for a 12 hour flight coming up. This is her first plane ride and I wanted to help her know what to expect. She LOVES this book, she loves that there is a grandma at the end to greet the child, just as in her case, we are going to visit her grandma in South America. She loves the catchy phrases and nice big pictures, and is starting to memorize it and know it by heart which is so cute. OUt of the pile of about 5 airplane ride books I bought, this is always the one she grabs and says, "read my airplane book." The cost is a little higher than the others but way worth it, since it really strikes a cord with her. I think she would like this book even if I hadn't bought it for the reason to prepare her, I think it is just pleasing to kids with the short, catchy phrases and big, bright colors. Very pleased! The only reason I did not put 5 stars is that I wish I could find a book to address some of the negative things that we might/will encounter like waiting, getting hungry, going potty in public restrooms, not staring at other passengers, not yelling or whining, getting tired, strange noises and cramped spaces....and somehow put a positive spin on it like....but it is all worth it to see Grandma at the end of the long plane ride! Yes, it's fun and cool to ride in an airplane but it's long, annoying, and there are rules to follow as well, a good lesson for kids to learn from.
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My 11 month old son wants to read this book over and over. If you hide it on the coffee table, he points to the table until you retrieve it. It has also helped to stave off meltdowns at the airport. I just repeat the words in the book and then he remembers why we are waiting in line and gets excited. Highly recommended!
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We purchased this book in anticipation of our 4 year-old's first flight. It was the perfect preparatory reading material for a child! He knew exactly what to expect when we arrived at the airport, and still loves to have us read this book to him at bed time.
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We bought this book for our 22 month old who was going on a 20 hour flight for the first time. It was a wonderful way to familiarize him to the process of going to the airport, checking in, security etc. It rhymes and really hits all the points of what it's like to fly in a plane. Even long after the trip, he still loves this book.
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This book was easy to read and easy to understand the basics of commercial flight travel for my 6 year old son. He thoroughly enjoyed the book. He knew what to expect and what to do for our travel day starting from the time we left our home until the time we landed at our destination.
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We really loved this book for our first family trip. My son has Sensory Processing Disorder and some anxiety with new things. To lessen this we try to prepare him as much as we can. This books has nice rhymes but also a lot of information. It talks about going through lines and security and having to put your bags on the security belt and all that. It also talks about loud noises and shaking on take off (which was really helpful since those things are hard for my son). When he got anxious I was able to repeat a line or two from the book pertaining to what we were doing and it sparked his memory and calmed him. A very, very helpful book overall.
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