How Do Jets Work?

Written by Buffy Silverman

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It’s pretty amazing to see a jet up close. How do these huge planes get off the ground, much less fly? How fast do they go? What scientific principles allow these machines to zoom through the air like giant birds? How Do Jets Work? explores this topic in a straightforward way that will satisfy young readers’ curiosity.

How Do Jets Work? opens with a jet backing out of the gate at the airport. From there the book takes readers on a step-by-step exploration of how the plane is prepared for takeoff. In Chapter 2, the text continues to follow the plane, this time explaining the mechanics of how air is pulled into the engine and burns fuel, giving the jet enough power to leave the ground and soar into the sky. The book explains lift, drag, and other aerodynamic principles in simple terms second-grade readers (and even younger children) will grasp easily. Finally, the books follows the plane as it lands, again providing clear explanations of what happens and why. The book closes with a labeled drawing of a jet, some fun facts, a glossary, index, and list of books for further reading. A link to additional online educational resources is also provided.

How Do Jets Work? is a terrific choice for any young reader who is curious about flight. The text is simple and straightforward, making this is great choice for independent reading on the second-grade level. Bright color photographs and easy-to-read captions help make this a great choice for reading aloud as well. In addition, the book is a great starting point for class projects, book reports, or science explorations. Any classroom or school library would benefit from this excellent book.

  • How Do Jets WorkTitle: How Do Jets Work?
  • Author: Buffy Silverman
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group, 2013
  • Reviewer:  Joanne Mattern
  • Hardback: 32 pages
  • ISBN: 978-0-7613-8967-5
  • Genre: Science

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