Did you know that helicopters can fly forward, backward, and side-to-side? Or that the wingspan of a jumbo jet is almost twice as long as the distance of the Wright Brothers' first flight? Since recorded time, man has looked to the sky and dreamed of ways to fly there. A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet celebrates the roots, inventions, and spirit of the science of flight. Young readers will learn about famous events such as the Spirit of St. Louis's nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and the launch of Columbia STS-1 (the first space shuttle), as well as meet courageous aviators who broke barriers in the air and on Earth like the Tuskegee Airmen and Amelia Earhart. Aircraft of all kinds, including giant airships, wind-dependent gliders, and awe-inspiring F-16s, are depicted in spectacular artwork. The glory of flight is brought to stunning life.As a teacher, parent, and published author Mary Ann McCabe Riehle has encouraged young students and adults to follow their dreams and tell their stories. A is for Aviation is her third children's book. A featured author and speaker at several reading and writing conferences, Mary Ann lives in Dexter, Michigan. David Craig is an avid history buff and his remarkable skill at depicting historical events and people has led to diverse projects including collector's plates and a millennial champagne label. His children's book, First to Fly, the story of the Wright Brothers, won the inaugural James Madison Book Award. David lives in Mississauga, Ontario.
About the authors
As a teacher, author, and mother, Mary Ann McCabe Riehle has motivated young students and adults to follow their dreams and tell their stories. A graduate of Xavier University with degrees in Communication Arts and Education, she has been a featured speaker at reading and writing conferences. She hopes her children’s books will encourage and inspire readers. Mary Ann lives in Dexter, Michigan with her husband, Paul and daughters, Bridget and Ellen.
Dr. David Craig is an international expert in undercover operations and lie-detection techniques. He has conducted extensive international research in undercover programs in the United States (FBI, DEA, U.S. Customs), Canada (RCMP), the United Kingdom (Scotland Yard, National and Scottish Crime Squad), and the Netherlands (politie). He lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife and four children.