Review Blog

Sep 19 2013

The Big Book of Flight by Rowland White

cover image

Random House, 2013. ISBN 9780593070314.
This truly is a big book of flight - not so much in its dimensions but in its scope. 'As long as human beings have lived alongside birds, we've wanted to join them. Our efforts to do so have rarely been as elegant or as smooth, but they have been dangerous, exciting, intriguing, clever, unexpected, loud, spectacular, courageous, ambitious, unsuccessful and brilliant . . . . The Big Book of Flight is a celebration of all those efforts.'
Beginning with the story of Icarus it offers detailed accounts of almost anything to do with flight from polar aviation to military uses to the dream of the flying car. Flight is clearly a passion of the author and is demonstrated in the meticulous research which must have gone into its writing. Accompanied by numerous illustrations including photos and diagrams, it is a most comprehensive work which would engage anyone with a similar passion. However, because it is more than a dip-and-delve text with short chunks of information, it would be more suited to an audience of independent readers wanting to explore much deeper than superficial explanations and stories starting with senior primary.
A great investment which could fire the imaginations and careers of some future pilots.
Barbara Braxton

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CBCA shortlists 2017
2017 ABIA longlist
The Stella Prize shortlist for 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
Reading Children's book prize shortlist
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates