I think I’m going to have to create a new category for my books – Wordless Books. It seems like an oxymoron – how can you have a book with no words? – but I’ve been finding quite a few at my library, and they are lots of fun.
The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett falls into that category. Not exactly a read aloud, since there’s nothing to read. But there is plenty to talk about!
In the book, a boy receives an airplane as a gift. He has a great time playing with it, until one day he loses it.
His solution to retrieving his plane is quite farfetched, but fun to talk about. If I were looking at this book with a small child, I would ask him for other ideas on how the boy could get his plane back.
Wordless books are also great for children who love to ‘read’ but aren’t able to do so yet. They can tell themselves the story, and make up different stories as they go along.
Recommended for ages infant to about 6.