Jet plane and castle how it works

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            The books Jet Plane and Castle by David Macaulay from the How It Works series are interesting and educational books for kids who want to know how everythin

            The books Jet Plane and Castle by David Macaulay from the How It Works series are interesting and educational books for kids who want to know how everything works. The books use words and pictures to explain big ideas like how a jet engine works or interesting details like how the kitchen in castle received running water. Even though these books are meant for younger kids, I learned something from each one. For example, people in castles used stale bread for plates and planes use satellites to determine their location as they fly. The illustrations are realistic and both books had interesting details about things kids want to know – like how the bathrooms worked in the castle. The Jet Plane book follows a plane from take-off to landing explaining how each event works. I enjoyed the jet engine explanation because that is something I wondered about. Castle is organized for two sets of people trying to enter the castle – friends or foes. Friends would identify themselves at the drawbridge to the outer guard and then walk through a tunnel to the inner guard. Foes would siege the castle by stopping food and supplies or use a battering ram to break down a wall. Each book has a “Words to Know” section at the end with specific words – like thrust, ailerons, and compressor – with illustrations and an explanation. I liked the use of the actual specific terms rather than easier general words that some books for younger kids use. The terms would appeal to kids who like knowing how things work. These books would be ideal for kids between the ages of six and nine who have an interest in planes or castles and are curious. Besides the technical terms, the vocabulary is simple and the ideas are clearly explained. This would be a good Christmas present for kids always wondering how things work.