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Monday, May 20, 2013

Flight 1-2-3, by Maria van Lieshout. Chronicle Books, Raincoast. 2013. $16.99 ages 3 and up

"We travel to faraway destinations to explore new places and connect with family and friends. We rely on airport signs to show us where to go and how to get there. This book will take young readers on a tour of the iconic airport and in-flight signs found around the world. Without these signs..."

On the heels of the super successful Backseat A-B-See! comes this new book about numbers and a family trip by air. A cab gets them to the airport and once they arrive, readers are asked what they see as the family travels from arrival to departure.

As they go, we will notice I airport, 2 luggage carts, 3 desks for checking in; those are the small numbers. What about the number of passengers? And then, how high will the ascent be? How long might they travel at 33,000 feet?

In her first book, Maria Van Lieshout told her readers that it originated with her son's fascination with signs. In this one, she takes us through all the official signage that helps travelers find their way through an airport, no matter what language they might speak. In two page spreads, the signs take up a page with numbers at their side. In reading it over again and again, I can't imagine that she has forgotten anything of real importance.

The exemplary graphic art encourages discussion, makes for a playful sharing and will appeal to families as they embark on their first trip by air. It is sure to be a favorite for years to come at home, and for future family trips. None of that takes into account the amount of counting that is sure to be done!

I'll read it again just before I leave Victoria for Winnipeg on Wednesday!

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