Reach & Read: Cleared for Takeoff!

Cleared for Takeoff: The Ultimate Book of Flight by Rowland White


Yankee – Echo – Sierra! I recommend this book. Note that I am not an aviation expert, aficionado, hobbyist but I have flown in a few different kinds of planes, use aviation examples/learnings in my professional work with healthcare quality and safety, and appreciate a well written book with a variety of comparisons and contrasts paired with pictures, diagrams and activities to illustrate points. This book certainly hits that mark. Is it truly the Ultimate Book? That is not for me to judge alone.  Some of my favorite sections are the to-scale picture comparison of airplane size, all relative to the Hindenburg blimp (A380 looks like a toy), a word map of what planes are frequently named after (mammals, birds and meteorological phenomenon rank high), the activities to support concepts built in (like how to skip a stone in the section about dam busting strategies, origami), insignia reference and pictographs on how to land an airliner (you never know).  Aviation is important in my family and will make a great addition to our future bookshelves. While this is categorized as children’s non-fiction, I found the stories to be informative, well written yet able to stand alone so you could flip to sections of interest.  Note: there are several other books of the same/similar title. Here is my affiliate link for the right version, available October 2016.


A quick google search found me some of the downloadable activity sheets! Yay! I hope more will be available after book is published.

I received a electronic copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated, nor required to say something positive, in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my experience and observations while reading this book. I haven’t yet purchased a hard copy because it not yet released.


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