Book Review: The Paper Airplane Book

Rating: ★★★★☆

Paper airplanes hold a universal appeal for boys and girls, and this book helps them understand how they work.  Byron Barton’s line drawings illustrate Seymour Simon’s lucid explanation of basic aerodynamics.  This is not a book of step-by-step directions for making many types of airplanes, but rather a series of experiments to help the reader understand why the planes fly the way they do.  This creates the opportunity to adapt a few basic basic airplane styles with the knowledge of why their changes in shape, weight, and stabilization affect the flight of the craft.  In the process the reader will also learn a little about how real airplanes are designed.

This is an outstanding book for budding scientists and engineers to read alone, and it also makes an engaging adult-child activity.  It’s best suited for elementary ages, although a middle school audience would probably enjoy it too.

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Publication Information: Simon, Seymour. Paper Airplane Book, The. Barton, Byron (Illustrator). Puffin. 1971. ISBN: 014030925X.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on November 8, 2010

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