Alis the Aviator (Hardcover)

By Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, Kalpna Patel (Illustrator)

Tundra Books, 9781101919057, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Come along on an aviation journey with Alis! This spunky female guide will take you through an ABC of planes featuring gorgeous cut-paper art.

An A to Z of planes past and present, this book has stunning cut-paper art and a cute-as-a-button guide named Alis. Named for Dr. Alis Kennedy, likely one of the first Indigenous women to obtain a commercial pilot licence in Canada, Alis will take you on an aviation tour from the Avro Arrow to the Zeppelin and everything in between.

Meticulously researched and uniquely crafted, this is a one-of-a-kind book that will delight aviation fans big and little.

About the Author

DANIELLE METCALFE-CHENAIL is a historian and a former Historian Laureate for the city of Edmonton, as well as a former president of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. She has written For the Love of Flying: The Story of the Laurentian Air Services and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and edited In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation. This is Danielle's first book for children. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

KALPNA PATEL is an artist, jeweler and crafter living in Toronto, Ontario. About a third of her life is spent around books--reading books, selling books and cutting books up and making stuff with them. She creates window displays for independent businesses, is an event decorator and organizer for City of Craft and works part time at a bookstore, all while making jewelery and creating art installations around the city. Alis the Aviator is Kalpna's first book for children.

Praise For Alis the Aviator

PRAISE FOR Alis the Aviator:

“This is an alphabet book with a difference! . . . A delight to any child interested in identifying planes.” --Resource Links

“A plane fan’s new best friend.” --School Library Journal