The new Boeing Superliner looks much different than the plane the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk. Have you ever wondered how new planes are developed? This "Innovation in Transportation" book, Planes, takes a look at the people and creative ideas that have changed the way we think about flying.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Dewey 629.133'34
Lexile
ATOS Reading Level 6.1
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Cherry Lake Publishing
Available Formats Reinforced book (9781602792357), PDF (9781602793842), ePub (9781631881763), Hosted ebook (9781602793842H), Kindle (9781624319808)
Copyright 2009
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 7.5 x 9.5
Graphics

School Library Journal

This utilitarian series describes innovations in eight means of transportation as well as their current uses. Each volume features a concise history of its topic, covers current issues and developments and the future outlook, and includes brief biographies of significant people. Both genders and minorities are represented, and up-to-date concerns, such as fuel efficiency and pollution, are included. Most readable are the volumes by Franchino and Marsico; however, there is a formulaic quality to the writing, caused, for example, by repeated mentions of the value of teamwork. A couple of minor errors crop up, and Masters demonstrates an annoying habit of quoting Wilbur Wright’s thoughts. Good color photos generally contribute to the texts but have a tendency to be small, making it difficult to pick out the details they are meant to convey. Bold color choices in the page design sometimes cross the line into garish, as in green highlights on a purple background. Still, the series often provides a view of some compelling developments, such as high-speed rail, future trucks, and container ships, and it benefits from inherent interest in the topic.

Author: Nancy Robinson Masters

Nancy Robinson Masters has been wearing jeans all of her life. Nancy grew up on a cotton farm in West Texas where she learned to drive a tractor before she learned to drive a car. She is an award-winning author of 18 books and hundreds of stories and articles. “That old tractor started me on journeys that have taken me around the world. Everywhere I‘ve been, including Antarctica as a guest of the National Science foundation, I‘ve met people wearing jeans!”

  • History in Flight
  • To the Skies and Beyond
  • Outside the Cockpit
  • The Future for Airplanes
  • Some Famous Aviation Innovators
  • Glossary
  • For More Information
  • Index
  • About the Author