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PLANE SONG by Diane Siebert


by Diane Siebert & illustrated by Vincent Nasta

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: May 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-06-021464-3
Publisher: HarperCollins

 Siebert (whose previous songs of praise include, most notably, Heartland, 1989) brings her rather clumsy lyrical style to aircraft and their flight ``above a world of/tundras/trees/fields and farmlands/cities/seas/humming/coming/through the day/toward horizons far away.'' In phrases ranging from doggerel and pre- primerese (``hear their engines!/see them fly!'') to straight nonfiction, she surveys many kinds and uses of planes, big and small, civilian and military. The words, in a handsome bold sans- serif, black or white, are superimposed on Nasta's sweeping double-spread paintings, which--even more tellingly--evoke the vast sky, towering clouds, twinkling lights of a city seen from the air, and the various aircraft. Overall, an appealing book, celebrating its subject as intended; though the persistent rhymes and rhythm don't help much, they don't hurt, either. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)