George is going to Spain with his mum (and his teddy bear) to see his Uncle Teddy. It is his first time on a plane. George (who narrates the story in very simple and minimal language) describes check in and security, and how the plane takes-off with a loud roar. George enjoys his in-flight meal, and looking out of the window at the clouds below. He draws pictures and shows them to a member of the cabin crew. They collect their luggage and are met by Uncle Teddy at arrivals.
A good introduction to what to expect on a plane journey for very young children.
Toddlers will enjoy looking out for George's teddy bear, who has quite a few adventures of his own (at one point he is shown riding on the baggage carousel and shouting 'Oooooo...er!') Nicola Smee's colourful illustrations should certainly appeal to young children.
Bibliotherapy: Understanding, Guidance and Positive Messages
Take-off, and the loud roar of the engines may be frightening for some children (George is very relaxed about it, but his teddy bear is shown with his paws over his eyes!)
- Seat belts need to be fastened for take-off (shown in illustrations)
- Hand luggage will need to be x-rayed before the flight
- There is a nice illustration showing the plane in the air above the clouds
- Drink and food is served on plastic trays
- You can suck sweets to stop your ears going ‘pop’
- You have to wait to collect bags from a carousel
George takes the new experience of plane travel completely in his stride; he shows no signs of anxiety or apprehension. George has a pleasant, safe and enjoyable flight.
- Pack a suitcase for your teddy: what would teddy need to bring for the journey?
It appears that George is travelling with just his mother (no other parent is shown) so it may be a good choice for anyone looking for books featuring single-parent families.