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Alis the Aviator

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, Kalpna Patel (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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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.

Praise For Alis the Aviator

One of CBC Books' Best Canadian Picture Books of 2019

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

“Patel’s cut paper illustrations are bright and attractive.” —CM Magazine

“The artwork in this book is bright and cheerful and surprisingly three dimensional.” —What’s Up, Yukon

"If you have a child who loves planes, this is absolutely a book to add to your bookshelf. Alis the Aviator is a perfect combination of aviation vocabulary and facts, the ABC’s, and unique collage illustration." —Canadian Picture Book Blog

"This very accurate historical approach to learning the ABC’s will surely delight any aviation fan of any age!" Midwest Book Review

“This unique ABC book goes way beyond the traditional "A is for Apple" and introduces readers to aviation terms.” —Michelle Nott

Tundra Books, 9781101919057, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

About the Author

DANIELLE METCALFE-CHENAIL grew up in a family of plane enthusiasts in Ottawa, Ontario—but she’s not actually a pilot herself (much to her son’s dismay!). Instead, she’s a writer who has researched and written aviation and reconciliation stories in Edmonton, the North and now Houston, Texas, where she lives with her family and fur babies. She is the author of For the Love of Flying and Polar Winds. This is her first book for children.

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.