Sunday, February 2, 2014

Disney Planes: Wings Around the Globe by Bill Scollon

Title: Disney Planes: Wings Around the Globe
Author: Bill Scollon
Genre: Picture Book, Fiction
Reading Level: Ages 3 to 7
Multicultural: Planes characters are from different countries and different parts of the world are visited during the race, although they are not as detailed as in the movie

Wings Around the Globe is a picture book based on the movie Planes.  The story will be familiar to those that have seen the movie, however, it is a rather abbreviated version of the movie.  To some extent, this can be good, as it does not give away the whole movie.  At the same time, though, it is missing the great moments of friendships forming between the racers and the tension between Dusty and Skipper that at least in my opinion are the best parts of the movie.

Overall Wings Around the Globe can be a good choice to improve interest in reading for kids that are already familiar with and fans of the movie.  With at least a paragraph per page, it also good for those want more than just a quick picture book for story time.  Since it skims over some of the conflict/tension highlights of the movie, though, it can get old quickly.  Also, it really focuses on Dusty and doesn't have the interactions with the other racers other than Dusty helping one once and Ripslinger trying to stop Dusty from finishing.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Fans of Disney Planes and/or those with an interest in planes in general
  • The illustrations help tell the story and can make the book more appealing for emergent readers and visual learners. (Spatial-Visual)
  • While not as in depth as the actual movie, it does still show Dusty working hard and pursing his goal of being more than just a crop duster (Intrapersonal) and to a much lesser extent how the planes worked together to help each other. (Interpersonal)
Activities for Further Learning and Fun

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