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The Little Airplane (Lois Lenski Books) Hardcover – May 27, 2003

4.5 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
Book 3 of 9 in the Mr. Small Series

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Mr. Small is a high-flying pilot in this adventure! Pilot Small prepares for his flight, and then enjoys the bird's-eye view from above. As fresh today as when it was first published, this fun and informative look at flying is perfect for airplane trips.

About the Author

Lois Lenski was the author and illustrator of more than 90 books for children, including the very popular "Mr. Small" picture books. She is counted among the most influential author-illustrators of the twentieth century. She was awarded the Newbery Medal for STRAWBERRY GIRL and a Newbery Honor for both INDIAN CAPTIVE and PHEBE FAIRCHILD.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Lois Lenski Books
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037581079X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375810794
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
While the text may be lengthy for toddlers (I have a 3-1/2 year old who loves this book, borrowed from the library, that I'm buying him a copy), this is certainly a book that grows with the child. The engaging, simple pictures allow for much imaginative story telling (who ever said parents are supposed to read every word when the child isn't ready?), moving into reading more and more of the text as the child grows older. I trained for a private pilot license, and the details given are simple and factual; just the kind of real stuff that children interested in airplanes would want to know; it's stuff they absorb readily if the subject interests them. I'm glad to see these books back in circulation. The other books in Lois Lenski's series are great, too.

I don't know what the board book is like, but the rating of Baby-Preschool isn't accurate, at least for the 56-page Hard- and Paperback editions. This book is also great for older children who want to know more about the basic mechanics of airplanes and flight.
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This book was a gift and I originally thought that it was too detailed to be interesting to my 22-month-old son. However, it has a very calming quality and he insists on it every night before bedtime. The adventures move along frequently enough to hold his interest, without being overly stimulating. And he can identify elements he likes from the drawings, such as the propeller, the wind sock, the hangar, and the car on the ground.

His father and I appreciate the accurate details. I'm now on-line looking for other books by Lois Lenski, hoping that they, too, will be a hit for us.
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We have pilots in this family and we love these kinds of books. This book is factual and doesn't have some made up things about how planes really work. My son just turned two and loves this book so much. We have read it endlessly. The simple text and colorful pictures keep him interested throughout the book. I love this book as he cant tear the pages as he tried to read it on his own. This book is a nice size for small hands.
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The book wasn't exactly what I thought it would be. The author describes in great detail the mechanics of and how to fly an airplane. She is very accurate. I bought this for my son who is a pilot to read to his 3 year old daughter. She is crazy about airplanes. I would recommend this book for a 6-7 year old and older. The book is well written, it's a great book, it just wasn't geared towards the age group I was looking for.
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Adorable book! My 2.5 year old is obsessed with planes and this book holds his attention and has taught him new airplane jargon! Highly recommend it for miniature aspiring pilots! It is different from other books, but I find it a refreshing book. Doesn't rhyme. Doesn't get overly in depth into storyline. Just right for young readers.
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This book includes a strangely detailed description of the actual mechanical flying of a (very vintage) plane. It intrigues my oldest son, who likes that sort of thing, but I can see the eyes of my second son kinda glaaaaaaze over - - he's more like his momma, who generally finds those kinds of details to be tiresome distractions from the plot. :P So if your kid is the sort who loves nonfiction stuff, this is probably a good fit.
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This is such a sweet book. My three year old loves it, and I like the step-by-step description Lenski gives of driving to the airport, checking the plane, taking off, banking, and all the other things that go along with flying an airplane. The language is clear and concise with a good rhythm. It's also a nice gift, especially if you know of any children who might be interested in aviation.
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This is such a cute book. My 2-year-old is currently obsessed with planes. The amount of text is perfect for the attention span of young toddlers, but engaging. Definitely a book that will be read many, many times for years to come!
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