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Francis, Neil.

Illustrated by June Bradford. Toronto, Kids Can Press, 1988. 80pp, paper, $9.95, ISBN 0-921103-37-9. CIP

Grades 3 and up
Reviewed by Maureen Pammett

Volume 17 Number 1
1989 January

Using the medium of paper models, Francis has provided a wealth of information on the aerodynamics of flight. By following the simple, concise instructions and clear, uncluttered illustrations of each step, the readers can construct their own models. In the process they become aware of the reasoning behind each modification proposed. On most pages there is a box that relates the principle being used in the paper model construction to real-life situations, such as bird flight or airplane construction.

The principles are developed gradually so that real learning takes place. One very easy model, for example, is for a Delta Dart. The highlighted text states "If you try to fly your Delta Dart now, it will probably just dive into the ground. Turn the page to find out how to make it fly the way you want." The next page is headed "Trimming the Delta Dart." The reasons for each modification are then given as the reader completes each step.

An astonishing variety of models are presented from twirling wings, gliders, twirl-o-tubes, parachutes and kites to flying meat trays! In addition, Francis encourages kids to come up with designs of their own. This book is a must for school libraries and for public libraries serving children. In fact, because of the diversity of designs, it will appeal to a wide range of readers.


Maureen Pammett, Bridgenorth, Ont.
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