Book Review: Airport

Rating: ★★★★☆

If Donald Crews’ Flying provides a birds-eye view of the distance an airplane covers, Airport captures the human processes that go into an airplane trip.  In Barton’s concise, well-crafted style, he describes the passengers’ arrival  at the airport, then their waiting while luggage is loaded and the plane is fueled. He moves on to boarding, flight preparation in the cockpit, clearance from the control tower, safety instruction for the passengers, taxiing, and takeoff.

The illustrations are deceptively simple, paring each scene down to its most essential parts, but retaining enough detail to provide plenty of interest.  Throughout the book, Barton captures the rhythm of life in an airport.  This is an excellent book for preparing young children for their first airplane ride, or simply helping them understand an important part of modern society.

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Publication Information: Barton, Byron. Airport. HarperCollins. 1982. ISBN: 0064431452.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on August 11, 2010

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