When a book that helps prepare children for first experiences is exciting as well as instructive, it's a keeper; this educational passport of fun for preschoolers interested in travel or for those about to board is just that.
Packing a wealth of interactive options in its 12 digital pages, the app gives pre- and new readers a sneak peak at what goes on near the entrance of the airport, at the ticket counter and down on the tarmac, where food and fuel trucks are readying the plane for takeoff. There is no narrative per se, but tap-activated words identify the Lego-like machines and smiling people throughout, and a cheery female narrator introduces each screen. A demonstration of a plane flying in all kinds of weather should allay children’s fear of flying. Baggage claim is good fun, as readers make a game out of moving the red bag along the belt without bumping into other items. Loading the cargo plane, learning about airport fire rescue, and repairing planes in the hangar will keep little hands and minds busy well beyond takeoff.
Every aspect of air travel flies high on interactive display in this new app for the preschool set. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)