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Lisa's airplane trip
Gutman, Anne.
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Lisa prend l'avion. English
Publication Information:
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Lisa travels on an airplane by herself to visit her uncle in New York.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 48102.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Lisa's Airplane Trip is one of two titles launching the Misadventures of Gaspard and Lisa series. Lisa experiences for the first time in her life what it is like to travel on an airplane when she flies by herself to meet her uncle in the United States. The meal, movie, and other passengers provide endless amusement for Lisa--until an unfortunate accident with her orange juice. Fortunately, a very nice flight attendant makes everything better with a quick wash in the bathroom, followed by a special trip to the cockpit.

Author Notes

This husband-and-wife team lives in Paris, France. Anne Gutman published her first book, How to Get Rid of Your Little Brother , in 1980. Georg Hallensleben is the illustrator of Baboon, Spider Spider , and And If the Moon Could Talk , winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, all written by Kate Banks. In 1999, he wrote and illustrated Pauline .

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. A preschooler's exciting travel adventure is at the center of these two small, square books, originally published in France. The simple words and expressive, bright acrylic paintings tell the stories from the child's viewpoint in a way that's fresh and funny. Gaspard and his black rabbit family go on vacation to Venice, and he's thrilled. But guess what they do from morning to night? They visit "museums, museums, and more museums." He sneaks away, jumps in a real kayak, races through the canals, overturns a family in a gondola, is found by the police, and, in time-honored style, his parents are so happy to see him, they all celebrate together. Hallensleben's dramatic paintings of the Venice setting add splendor and beauty to the escapade that expresses every kid's fantasy when dragging along with adults. Lisa is a small white rabbit traveling alone on an airplane for the first time. Again, the child's viewpoint adds just the right detail to the story: the impatient adult passenger in the next seat; the exact particulars of what's on the food tray; the movie the child can't quite see. She spills her juice, but the kindly steward reassures her, cleans up, and takes Lisa into the dazzling cockpit with all its knobs and lights. After that high point, the book ends with the arrival in New York, where Lisa meets her uncle and calls her parents. Each book is a delight and celebrates the brave young voyager who discovers a huge world. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

These smaller-format picture books record the vacation misadventures of two diminutive stuffed dogs, who wear tasteful scarves and behave with unusual aplomb. They are the only stuffed dogs in sight; the rest of the players are human. Lisa flies from Paris to New York on a large airplane, where her excited wiggling prompts her seatmate to move, and her small stature makes watching the movie a problem. After she upsets the orange juice glass she has been standing on and gets a bath from a flight attendant, she tours the cockpit. "You smell very nice," the pilot tells her. "It was the soap," Lisa explains. In the other book, Gaspard, tired of endless museum tours in Venice, appropriates a little red kayak and evades capture until nightfall, when he is reunited with his parents. Lisa's is the better story Gutman pays more attention to the problems of being small in a world of large people, and Lisa is conjured with real charm but Gaspard's is more impressive visually. Hallensleben's rich, intelligent oil paintings render Venice's architectural marvels in shifting shades of turquoise, terra-cotta and gold. Smaller panels convey the fast action of Gaspard's trip through the canals and his collision with a gondola. Hallensleben's work for Lisa is no less engaging; he knows what it's like to be a child with a glassful of orange juice coming straight at you. Both are winsome flights of fancy. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved