Kirkus Reviews QR Code
THE AIRPLANE ALPHABET BOOK by Jerry Pallotta

THE AIRPLANE ALPHABET BOOK

By Jerry Pallotta (Author) , Fred Stillwell (Author) , Rob Bolster (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-88106-907-8
Publisher: Charlesbridge

 An ABC book powered by aircraft. B is for B-17, H for Hercules Flying Boat, J for barnstorming, loop-the-looping Jenny, M for the dogfighting Messerschmitt, R for Lindbergh's Ryan, the Spirit of St. Louis. Each airplane is given a solid little history that evokes the personality of the craft (while the fighting planes featured might raise hard questions about wars and why they're fought). Pallotta and Stillwell cover the gamut, from Orville and Wilbur Wright's planes, planes that land on water and those that take off vertically, experimental jets, and ultralights. They also explain various technical terms: hangar, fuselage, cockpit, control tower, etc. Bolster's accompanying artwork is paintbox bright, suffusing the planes with character and purpose. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-8)