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Cloudless California sky.

What a perfect day to fly!


In the cockpit Captain Bright

Makes sure everything works right.


Wing flaps open.Wing flaps close.

Lights shine bright on tail and nose.

Airplane Flight!: A Lift-the Flap Adventure


written by Susanna Leonard Hill

illustrated by Ana Martin Larranaga


Little Simon


ISBN 978-1416978329    

Boardbook 12p

Take a ride on an airplane with Captain Bright and Copilot Snow. Open and close the wing flaps, help the ground crew direct the plane, make the airplane take off, and watch the radar screen for any sign of trouble! It's an exciting flight and every page has something fun to do!

Children's Literature

The title says it all. This is one of Hill and Larranaga's series of sculpted-edged, transportation-themed board books. It takes its ninety-seven freight cars full of animals, toys, fruit, and lumber safely from an eastern railroad yard cross-country to its final western destination. Along its route, the engine must stop for a crossing gate and barely avoids a head-on crash when Switchman Jack almost forgets to switch tracks for a passenger train, but all is well that ends well. The flaps are absolutely basic paper engineering, but manage to hide a few surprises, while the softly rounded forms of Larranaga's politically-correct mixture of little people are comforting. Meanwhile, Hill's rhymed text chugs the train forward. Alas, the red caboose no longer exists in modern railroading, so for that old homey feeling toddlers will have to make do with the girl engineer's ginger cat. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr

Susanna Leonard Hill's rhythmic text and Ana Martin Larranaga's simple but enticing art will take young readers on an exciting airplane ride! Kids can lift the10 flaps throughout the book to make their flying and reading experience more fun! Fasten your seatbelt and fly above the sky with this interactive book that's shaped like an airplane. This format is perfect for young children who are going on a plane for the first to one-hundredth time!

If your preschooler is about to take his or her first airplane trip, here's the ideal way of preparing the way so there's no pre-flight jitters or flying fright. This lift-the-flaps novelty board book walks your child through the entire adventure, from boarding to takeoff and an eventual safe landing.


In the cockpit, you see Captain Bright make sure everything works right, and then he tells Copilot Snow, "Looks like we are good to go!" Cleared for takeoff by the control tower, the big jet sweeps into the air and is on its way.


Up in the cockpit, the pilot checks the radar to see what's ahead and avoid any bumpy weather or turbulence. When it's time to prepare to land, the co-pilot says, "We're not even late! Thank you, thank you, Captain Bright for a safe and happy flight!"


~ from Curled Up With A Good Kid's Book Review

readingeagle.com


Books to Borrow, Books to Buy - Interactive Books Are For Little Hands

by Kendal Rautzhan

February 28, 2010


All children are captivated by interactive books - books with pop-up illustrations, flaps to lift, textures to touch and so on. In selecting interactive books for children under the age of 4, it's important to keep in mind that this young age group is generally not equipped to gingerly handle delicate, complicated pop-up books. Curiosity will reign supreme in trying to "see" how that picture jumped off the page and became a three-dimensional design. Add to that the temptation to touch the 3-D picture for further investigation, and the result is usually not what you had hoped for when you plunked down your hard-earned money to buy the book. And let's face it - once a pop-up picture is destroyed, some of the magic of the book is compromised.


Use common sense when purchasing interactive books for young children. Just because a publisher lists an interactive book (especially a pop-up book) as appropriate for age 2 or 3 and older doesn't mean that it is a good idea for a child so young. What was a moment's delight can quickly diminish into disappointment for you and the child. Not so with the books reviewed below - all are good examples of sturdy interactive books that are fairly child-proof, and that spells stress-free reading fun.


"Airplane Flight! A Lift-the-Flap Adventure" by Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Ana Martin Larranaga, Little Simon, 2009, 12 pages, $7.99 board book.


It's time to take a ride in an airplane. With Captain Bright and Copilot Snow, passengers are in good hands for a safe flight. When the plane is headed for bad weather, Captain Bright knows just what to do - fly the airplane around the storm to land at their destination safely.


With flaps to lift that add excitement to this airplane adventure, little children will love going along for the ride in this engaging book.


Nationally syndicated, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children's literature. Contact her at kendal@ sunlink.net.


Airplane Flight!: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure

by Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Ana Martin Larranaga

Baby-PreK 12 pages Little Simon September 2009 Board book


If your preschooler is about to take his or her first airplane trip, here's the ideal way of preparing the way so there's no pre-flight jitters or flying fright. This lift-the-flaps novelty board book walks your child through the entire adventure, from boarding to takeoff and an eventual safe landing.


In the cockpit, you see Captain Bright make sure everything works right, and then he tells Copilot Snow, "Looks like we are good to go!" Cleared for takeoff by the control tower, the big jet sweeps into the air and is on its way.


Up in the cockpit, the pilot checks the radar to see what's ahead and avoid any bumpy weather or turbulence. When it's time to prepare to land, the co-pilot says, "We're not even late! Thank you, thank you, Captain Bright for a safe and happy flight!"


~ from Curled Up With A Good Kid's Book Review


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