Shelley Wiscomb Blundell has written a delightful book called Orange-Crate Airplanes.
It’s based on one of her childhood experiences.
It’s about a little girl who is bored. (Don’t we detest that blasted B word?)
So, her kind father decides to build her an airplane.
He sends her to the shed to get a wooden orange crate.
He builds his daughter an amazing airplane. One that takes her imagination on a flight around the world.
Oh the wonderful things that she ‘sees’ on her adventure.
But wait! The little girl’s friend is bored, too.
Together, the girls have adventures in their airplanes that keep them occupied — and happy — all summer long.
This story is told in rhymes. And what a skillful weaving it is.
Many rhyming stories have a very stiff and stilted feel to the rhyme —
Ta da ta da ta da ta da
Ta da ta da ta da…
Shelley has a natural flowing rhythm. The rhyming scheme is subtle — it doesn’t jump out and conk you on the head saying, “Look at me here! I’m a rhyming word!)
Oh no! This is one of the best rhyming stories that I have read. I give it two thumbs up.
The plot is very appealing to children. They totally understand what it’s like to be bored and have nothing to do. Especially during the long, hot days of summer.
But do you know what the best part of the book is?
It provides directions on how to build your own orange-crate (or box) airplane! Wahoo!
The airplane would be very easy to make and would provide your grandchildren with hours of fun — just like the little girl in the book. It’s so easy to make that grandma wouldn’t need grandpa’s help at all to make it!
Every grandmother’s bookshelf needs this book. So does a grandchild’s bookshelf. You know, Christmas is coming up. This would make a mighty fine present for a grandchild. Just saying . . .
So. I’m going to give away a copy of this charming book (with it’s wonderful directions on how to build a plane) to one of my lucky readers.
Simply post a comment telling about an activity that you did during the summer when you were a child.
The giveaway will run until midnight on November 6.
I will post the name of the winner on Friday November 7.
For those interested in buying a copy of the book, simple send an e-mail to:
gailandshelleyblundell at gmail.com
Payment can be made through PayPal or the old-fashioned way of by check.