"Planes Fly"

Go up, up and away with “Planes Fly,” by George Ella Lyon. Parent Educators with the Washington School District have chosen the picture book as their Baby Buzz Pick for October.

Each month the group selects a noteworthy book for children birth to age five. A review of the Baby Buzz Pick runs in the second weekend issue of The Missourian. The following review was written by Nancy Nagel, area literacy advocate.

“The sky’s the limit in this book that celebrates the wonder of airplanes and air travel. Strong rhyming text tells the story. ‘Planes have engines. Planes have wings, lifted by the air that sings. Planes fly! Bi-planes, tri-planes, gotta-love-the-sky planes. Prop planes, jet planes, how-fast-can-you-get-planes …Planes fly!’

“Digital technology was used to produce the illustrations. Mick Wiggins uses rich, bold colors to create pictures showing aircraft from various perspectives.

“This book would be helpful for families planning a plane flight. The story depicts all the helpful people involved in air travel and the plane landing safely at the end of a trip. ‘Climb through the clouds heading for blue –just like a bird. Air holds you.…Plane noses down, tilts in the wind. Wheels touch tarmac. Flight’s at an end. Planes land.’

“While young children will enjoy the bright colors and rhyming text, older children will expand their vocabulary with this book. Words like cockpit, yoke pedals, dials, pilot, rudders, flaps, and ailerons will send you and your child to the dictionary to learn more about the subject. Engage your child’s learning by reading the word, asking her what she thinks it means, telling her what you think it means, then using a reliable source to confirm the meaning. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes in pronouncing unfamiliar words or unknown terms. You will show your child how important education is when you learn along with her.

“Young children are fascinated by airplanes. Take your child to a nearby airport to watch planes take off and land. Encourage questions about how they can stay in the air. Look for answers in books, magazines and videos from your local library. Make your own flight book by cutting pictures from newspapers and magazines, gluing them onto sturdy paper, then writing down what your child says about the pictures. Include any pictures you may have of family trips on airplanes.”

Other parent educator favorites are “Fall Ball,” by Peter McCarty, “Hush, Little Horsie,” by Jane Yolen, “The Girl Who Heard Colors,” by Marie Harris, “Tea Party Rules,” by Ame Dyckman, and “I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love,” by Nancy Tilman.