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Children's Fiction Aviation

Alis the Aviator

by (author) Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

illustrated by Kalpna Patel

Initial publish date
Jul 2019
Aviation, Native Canadian, Girls & Women
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Come along on an aviation journey with Alis! This spunky female guide will take you through an ABC of planes featuring gorgeous cut-paper art.

An A to Z of planes past and present, this book has stunning cut-paper art and a cute-as-a-button guide named Alis. Named for Dr. Alis B. Kennedy, likely one of the first Indigenous women to obtain a commercial pilot licence with land and sea ratings in Canada, Alis will take you on an aviation tour from the Avro Arrow to the Zeppelin and everything in between.

Meticulously researched and uniquely crafted, this is a one-of-a-kind book that will delight aviation fans big and little.

About the authors

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail specializes in telling hidden histories for all ages. She has worked as a freelance writer, consultant, speaker, CBC radio columnist, and is Edmonton's former Historian Laureate. In addition to editing the bestselling collection, In This Together, Danielle has authored several nonfiction books. She is currently at work on a creative nonfiction approach to the history and legacy of the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital. Please visit her at

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Editorial Reviews

One of CBC Books' Best Canadian Picture Books of 2019
PRAISE FOR Alis the Aviator:
“This is an alphabet book with a difference! . . . A delight to any child interested in identifying planes.” —Resource Links
“A plane fan’s new best friend.” —School Library Journal
“Patel’s cut paper illustrations are bright and attractive.” —CM Magazine
“The artwork in this book is bright and cheerful and surprisingly three dimensional.” —What’s Up, Yukon
"If you have a child who loves planes, this is absolutely a book to add to your bookshelf. Alis the Aviator is a perfect combination of aviation vocabulary and facts, the ABC’s, and unique collage illustration." —Canadian Picture Book Blog

"This very accurate historical approach to learning the ABC’s will surely delight any aviation fan of any age!" Midwest Book Review

“This unique ABC book goes way beyond the traditional "A is for Apple" and introduces readers to aviation terms.” —Michelle Nott

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