by Deborah Underwood (Author) Sam Wedelich (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Buckle up for a little bear's first flight in this adorable, light-as-air picture book by New York Times bestselling author Deborah Underwood and critically acclaimed artist Sam Wedelich.

Follow a bear cub, their grownup, and their beloved stuffie Teddy as they make their way through the busy airport and cub's first plane ride. Their destination? A bear-y special family reunion with grandma! This cheerful, rhyming, reassuring go-to for little ones preparing for their first (or second or tenth) flight is a gentle adventure full of accessible bear puns and delightful touches, plus a detailed map of the bear-port on the endpapers. Here's the shuttle--climb inside.

Time for your first bearplane ride!

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Veteran young fliers and newbies alike will benefit from this buoyant and properly reassuring rehearsal. 

Review quotes

Underwood adds another meaningful picture book to her lineup as she dismantles the scariest aspects of airplane travel, making the process both accessible and fun. . . . There's plenty of storytime potential as the adult bear addresses the bear cub with reassurances and advice . . Wedelich's digital art complements the talent of Underwood's writing as she captures the bear cub's glossy-eyed excitement [and] a plethora of background details for viewers to indulge in . . . Read this book to alleviate some of the stress of travel. —BCCB (starred review)
Deborah Underwood
Deborah Underwood's Outside In was a Caldecott Honor book. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Here Comes the Easter Cat, The Quiet Book, Every Little Letter, and The Panda Problem. Deborah lives in Northern California with her feline muse, Bella.

Sam Wedelich is an author, illustrator, and cartoonist living with her family in upstate NY. She is the creator of Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale and Chicken Little and the Big Bad Wolf. Sam enjoys gardening, cycling, and making music when she's not hunched over her art table to make something funny or beautiful.
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Guided Reading Level
Dial Books
Publication date
May 31, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV002030 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
JUV041010 - Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Aviation
JUV068000 - Juvenile Fiction | Travel
Library of Congress categories

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