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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
AFS Paper Airplanes: Incredible Designs You Can Make at Home, by Andrew F. Scharhag, is an informative, instructional book which introduces readers to the art of paper airplanes. There aren't many readers out there who haven't at least attempted to make a paper airplane and watch it fly across the room, or fall to its doom to the floor. Andrew F. Scharhag not only shares the love for making paper airplanes with his readers, but he explains in great detail how to perfect the planes to make them soar across the room with ease.
The author first begins by stating the important concepts to understand when attempting to make an airplane fly. They are: thrust, lift, drag, and gravity. The author explains each concept in great detail and how each pertains to the plane's flight. After readers grasp the idea of how the paper airplane works, they will then be provided with many instructional diagrams and templates of different designs. The author explains each design and element of creating a paper airplane as if the reader is reading an instruction manual on designing an actual airplane. Andrew F. Scharhag also offers readers pre-flight and fine tuning tips in order to correctly and accurately fly the paper airplane.
Growing up making paper airplanes as a child, I would have never guessed there was so much more to making an airplane other than just simply folding the paper to make the wings crease and appear to be flight ready until I read this fantastic book. The incredibly detailed guide and the printable templates allow the reader to experience and share over and over again the joy and art of making and flying a paper airplane.