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Oct 27 2017

Busy builders: Airport, awesome airport action by Timothy Knapman

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Walker Books, 2017. ISBN 9781925381443
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Themes: Airports, Building and construction, STEM. A sturdy box containing a plastic bag of pieces to put together to build an airplane, a book which explains all the facets of life in an airport, and a group of jigsaw pieces to make the runway, will fill in a wet afternoon for kids indoors or a small group in a classroom. I enjoyed reading the book, which gives information about what passengers need to do when they arrive at an airport, then going on to security, baggage handling and getting onto the plane through the air bridge. The book shows readers behind the scenes, what happens to the luggage, how the plane is readied, take off and flying then landing. It makes for an informative read and will add to the group's knowledge about what happens in an airport. A glossary at the end of the information pages recounts some of the more unusual and specialised words with their meanings. When the book is finished, instructions cover the next four pages detail how the box and the pieces in the plastic bag can be used to construct an airport and a helicopter and several planes.
I love the way the box becomes the airport building and the pieces extend the runway in front of and behind the box. The sturdy pieces in the box certainly spoke to me and I itched to take it all out and give it a go, but will be equally delighted helping someone much younger than me have fun with it.
Fran Knight

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