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Summary: Ellie, who is six years old, is excited about her vacation. She is going to spend a week with Aunt Jen on the beach in California! To get there, she will be flying on an airplane. Until her brother asked if she was nervous, Ellie hadn't thought about that part. This would be her first trip flying alone. After she gets on board, she meets two new friends who are also flying solo. This is a story for children flying for the first time.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 5½ -year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child (who has never flown on an airplane) listened to the story. S/He was very interested in what happens when you get on an airplane, and asked questions when we were done reading.
Adult Reader Reaction: Although this is a bit wordy, this is a perfect book for helping kids prepare for their first airplane trip, whether it is solo or not! There are lots of good details (and Ellie is cute, too). The Tip List for Parents is most helpful.
Pros: This story gives you everything you want to prepare a child for an airplane trip. It not only addresses a child's feelings, but it talks about the process (from check-in to landing) and describes what happens (e.g., ears popping).
Cons: There are LOTS of words to the book. It is helpful to have the detail, but it may be too much for some kids.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! Every family who is preparing to take a plane trip with kids for the first time will want to read this book.
Educational Themes: This book is a perfect read before your child's first airplane trip, even it if isn't solo. The details are perfect, and you can draw from the story's events when you get to the airport (or maybe just visit if you don't mind paying for parking).