Title: Airplanes; Machines at Work
Author/Illustrator: Byron Barton
Reviewer: Kelli Cree
My son (almost 2) really loves Byron Barton's books. HisCheck out Airplanes and Machines at Work or any of a million other Barton books at Amazon [amazon.com]
favorites are Airplanes and and Machines at Work.
Airplanes is a nice board book with very clear pictures and simple words. The story is circular: at the start you see the sky, then the jet, and at the end of the story the plane is just taking off from the ground. The middle of the story has the jet passing smaller planes doing things (landing on water, writing a message, dusting the crops). The jet lands, unloads passengers, is maintained (by a bunch of trucks & people), loads passengers and takes off.
We like to take the story with us when we fly out of our local airport (San Jose, CA), which still uses stairways to access the planes, just as in the book. While we're on the ground, it's fun to see the pictures in the book are just like what's really happening out the windows.
Machines at Work has a similar illustration style as Airplanes: bright colors, simple lines. My favorite thing about this book is that there are clearly women construction workers as well as men. The rhythm of the words works well -- and there's even a break for lunch in the middle.