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. Volume XIII Number 1 . . . . September 1, 2006
Airplanes is an excellent example of nonfiction writing that can be enjoyed both by new enthusiasts and young experts in the field as pleasure reading and also used for school projects. It contains an extensive index and a descriptive table of contents. The book is attractive and well designed. A unique feature of Airplanes is that it includes four overlays which help to show the reader cross-sections of the jet engine and three different generations of planes. The clear overlays, reminiscent of the human anatomy section of the encyclopedia, bring this book above the level of other, similar non-fiction series. The 'Uncovering' series includes three other books on the topics of skyscrapers, the seasons and the human body.
Unfortunately, Airplanes treatment of some of the sidebar subjects detracts from the many successes in the rest of the book. The background information on both World Wars, September 11, and other controversial events is overly simplified (even for a sidebar) and sometimes uses language that suggests bias. This is a substantial problem, but one that is difficult to overcome considering the complexities of these events. Thankfully, the vast majority of the book is not affected by this issue.
Airplanes provides current, interesting and useful information on aircrafts of all types, and will prove to be an enjoyable resource for readers.
Reece Steinberg is a new youth services librarian in Vancouver and Surrey, BC.
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