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Children's Nonfiction Aviation

The Airplane Ride

by (author) Howard White

illustrated by Greta Guzek

Nightwood Editions
Initial publish date
Oct 2006
Aviation, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2006
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: k


"Recommended... 3 stars out of 4."
-Stephanie Yamniuk, CM Magazine.

Since its publication in 1993, thousands of children have enjoyed the whimsical text and illustrations of The Ferryboat Ride and its companion volume, The Ferryboat Ride Colouring Book. These bestselling titles have garnered praise from teachers, parents and young people, with more than 12,000 copies sold to date.

Now, Greta Guzek takes her colourful paintings to the air, this time accompanied by text by award-winning author Howard White.

In The Airplane Ride, a young boy gets on a plane for the first time to go visit his grandparents, and we experience the newness of his journey along with him. From the sculptures of the Vancouver Airport to the expanse of the Rockies, the Prairies and the Great Lakes, The Airplane Ride captures the grandeur of the Canadian

With its delightful combination of winning illustration and simple, playful text, The Airplane Ride is a surefire children's classic.

About the authors

Howard White was born in 1945 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He was raised in a series of camps and settlements on the BC coast and never got over it. He is still to be found stuck barnacle-like to the shore at Pender Harbour, BC. He started Raincoast Chronicles and Harbour Publishing in the early 1970s and his own books include A Hard Man to Beat (bio), The Men There Were Then (poems), Spilsbury's Coast (bio), The Accidental Airline (bio), Patrick and the Backhoe (childrens`), Writing in the Rain (anthology) and The Sunshine Coast (travel). He was awarded the Canadian Historical Association's Career Award for Regional History in 1989. In 2000, he completed a ten-year project, The Encyclopedia of British Columbia. He has been awarded the Order of BC, the Canadian Historical Association's Career Award for Regional History, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award and a Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of Victoria. In 2007, White was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has twice been runner-up in the Whisky Slough Putty Man Triathlon.

Howard White's profile page

Illustrator and painter Greta Guzek lives in Gibsons, BC. Her illustrative work includes Down at the Seaweed Café, My Vancouver Sketchbook and The Airplane Ride (Harbour Publishing, 2006).

Greta Guzek's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Ms Guzek has produced another happy and colourful children's story as a sequel to her highly acclaimed Ferryboat Ride. She made a great choice in getting acclaimed author Howard White to do its text.
―Ron MacIsaac, Lower Island News

Thanks to the strong―but not overt―Canadian content and Gruzek's whimsical illustrations, The Airplaine Ride frequently finds its way to the top of the nighttime pile ...
―John Threlfall, Monday Magazine

The friendly, rhyming verse and the playful color pictures reinforce the wonders of flying as a brand new experience, to be cherished and enjoyed. Especially recommended as a read-aloud book for parents to share with young ones before undergoing their very first airplane flight.
―James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

Librarian Reviews

The Airplane Ride

A young boy’s first airplane trip across North America with his parents is described in this lively, easy-to-read picture book. This is a great story to prepare children for their first experience with flying from boarding to disembarkation. The singing rhyme, appropriate for younger audiences, unfolds the descriptions of the changing views below: “shrinking cities, flat oceans, dense forests, flat farmlands, huge lakes, and twinkling lights.” The colourful full-page illustrations bring the story to life.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.

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