Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The First Airplanes by Megan Cooley Peterson: Book Review

"Famous Firsts"
The First Airplanes
Author: Megan Cooley Peterson
Publisher: Capstone Press, 2015  

Ages: 4 to 8, Picture Book
Pages: 24

For young children interested in airplane history, The First Airplanes is a great introduction. Given the vastness of the airplane’s development, Peterson does a good job selecting a few representative planes. Beginning with The Wright brothers’ first flight in 1903, Peterson takes readers on a photo journey that covers the monoplane, flying boat, four-engine plane, metal plane, jet airplane, jet fighter, and jumbo jet. There is just enough information to tweak one's interest, with short lines of text on the left and full-size black and white photos on the right. A simple timeline with captions runs along the bottom of every page of text.

Language is basic and age appropriate, as in the introductory sentence, "Zoom! Airplanes soar through the clouds." There are new words to learn, and repetition of words and phrases helps in the learning process, as does the glossary at the end. The First Airplanes complies with the National Social Studies Standards related to science, technology, and society. Included are Table of Contents, "Read More" section, List of Internet Sites, "Critical Thinking Using the Common Core" section, and Index.

Personally, I loved this little book, which now sits in my china cabinet for when the grandkids visit. I have a Wright Flyer displayed on one shelf already, and it fits nicely behind all. 

Copyright 2015 © Sharon M. Himsl


  1. Wonderful post and a joy to read.


  2. I love that books for kids and learning are still being written and not just on the internet. I loved reading all of this when I was a kid

    1. Sometimes I feel the internet is one giant curse. We have gained so much but lost even more it seems. I wish there was a healthy solution. My fear is kids will lose the love of reading.

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