written by Reagan Miller
(Crabtree Publishing) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
Picture Book of the Day
High-flying Airplanes is one of those nonfiction texts I would have swallowed as a kid. It's chock full of facts about different kinds of planes such as passenger planes, military planes, and cargo planes. There are plenty of action photographs showing planes performing different tasks such as refueling in the air, putting out fires, or doing aerial tricks at an air show. The text is written at about a second grade level so you could put this in the hands of a fourth or fifth grader who is struggling with reading. Teachers could use High-flying Airplanes as a mentor text to teach nonfiction text features. The difficult vocabulary could be used to teach students how nonfiction authors often will embed the definition within the sentence. Younger students could look at the photographs and notice the labels on several of the pages. A great touch that I haven't noticed in a lot of nonfiction books is an index that has a picture for almost every term listed. This is a nice idea for students who are not used to using an index or are creating nonfiction books themselves.