The Airport Book

by Lisa Brown

A family’s airplane trips begins at home with packing. Then the mixed-race... read more

A family’s airplane trips begins at home with packing. Then the mixed-race (Black/white) family—small boy, smaller girl, mother and father—arrives at the airport, checks in, goes through security, and gets settled on the plane. The flight includes safety instructions, snacking, and cloud-watching. After landing they must wait for their luggage before going outside and into the arms of the children’s grandparents. Engagingly detailed page spreads offer intriguing and whimsical elements, from the family’s interactions, to fellow travelers, some of whom can be followed or found again at journey’s end, to airport signs and scenes. Meanwhile, the journey of the little girl’s stuffed animal monkey in the cargo hold is detailed at the bottom of each page spread, and includes a surprising and sweet encounter with a live dog. Speech bubble dialogue adds additional humor to an inviting and informative primary narrative (“Inside the airport you stand in lines. You stand in lines to get your ticket. You stand in lines to check your bags. There are lines for the restrooms. There are lines to go through security.”) It’s a book that will delight young children, travelers or not. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2017

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