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Jet Plane: How It Works

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Go on an airplane ride.

It weighs as much as 100 elephants, but it can fly for hours. How does a jet do that? From the engine that provides the power and wings that lift the plane off the ground to the cockpit controls and passenger cabin, see how these modern marvels work and what makes them stay in the air.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by David Macaulay Studio (first published September 18th 2012)
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Debbie
A fun, short book that explains, with words and pictures, the working of a passenger jet plane, from cargo hold to ailerons. Told to a child taking a trip, things she sees on the plane are explained in excellent drawings and clear text. I was also pleased that Mccauley chose to identify the pilot as female. Small steps like this are significant in helping break down the attitude of "mens" vs. "womens" work. It is especially important for boys to see these examples and this is a title to which bo ...more
Dylan Gorbold
Genre: Informational
grades: 4-6
I think the topic is what makes this book unique. Most informational books for kids are about animals or interesting places. Not many people would consider how a jet engine works to be a topic for children to read about.
Suzanne
I love David Macaulay's books. They always amaze me with the way he can break complex things down into their components and make them understandable. His book, The Way Things Work, is a favorite in our library. So when I discovered David Macaulay's My Readers books, I was extremely pleased. They are just 32 pages long, but still filled with all his intricately labeled and diagrammed illustrations and compelling explanations of different nonfiction topics. To help with learning more about each to ...more
Eva
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: airplanes
This book makes the process of flying understandable to kids and their parents. For example, the wings of the jet airplane are curved on top and flat on the bottom. As the plane moves forward “the air moves faster over the wings than under them. The faster air pulls up. The slower air pushes up. This creates a force called lift.”
As always, David MaCaulay manages to take big ideas like lift, thrust, combustion chamber, and break it into its components, so that even a 7-year old can feel like an
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Allison
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent read-aloud for an eager young child who loves knowing, in detail, how things work. My almost-5-year-old LOVES it, and we've read it together so many times that he has started explaining each page to me before I can read the words, so it's been great for encouraging him to develop those important narrative skills. It's a little above the 3-year-old's head, but despite the complexity, she enjoys it too. Macaulay's illustrations are excellent, as always. This is the perfect boo ...more
Pam  Page
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detailed illustrations accompanied by interesting text that provides children with a great amount of "jet" vocabulary. A "My Readers" book with easier reading than you come to expect with MacAaulay's books.
PWRL
Mar 27, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nicole
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: alicia dunlap
Wonderfully written, in simple, informal, speaking to the reader language! Great illustrations with simple diagrams. My kids age 7 & 3 both really enjoyed. Will read others by this author!
Carla
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great for little learners.
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David Macaulay, born in 1946, was eleven when his parents moved from England to Bloomfield, New Jersey. He found himself having to adjust from an idyllic English childhood to life in a fast paced American city. During this time he began to draw seriously, and after graduating from high school he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After spending his fifth year at RISD in Rome on ...more