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On This Airplane
By (author): Lourdes Heuer Illustrated by: Sara Palacios
Lourdes Heuer ,

Illustrated by :

Sara Palacios


Tundra Books



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Children: Age (years) 3 - 7, Grade (US) P - 2
Oct 04, 2022
$23.99 CAD


8.25in x 11.31 x 0.43 in | 0.95 lb

Page Count:

32 pages


Tundra Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
A story about coming to a new home and the diverse people you meet on an airplane. For fans of Last Stop on Market Street.

On this airplane…

Someone travels solo,

two travel as one,

three return

and four set out.

In this simple and moving book, a young family takes a plane to their new home. While onboard, they encounter all the people you meet on a plane: a bookworm, a businessperson, tourists, crying babies and daydreamers  …all with their own stories and all heading somewhere special.

DIVERSE CHARACTERS: The passengers on the plane are from different backgrounds and cultures.

KIDS LOVE PLANES: Lots of fun plane content!

GREAT INSTITUTIONAL MARKET POTENTIAL: Themes of immigration, planes, social-emotional learning and empathy. 

UP-AND-COMING AUTHOR: This is Lourdes Heuer’s second book after our very own Esme’s Birthday Conga Line


LOURDES HEUER is a children’s book author (Esme’s Birthday Conga Line) and poet. She was born in Spain to Cuban immigrant parents, then moved to the United States in 1984 — on an airplane! She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is an Associate Professor of English at Broward College. She lives in South Florida with her husband, son and three dogs.

Author Residence: South Florida

Author Hometown: Spain

SARA PALACIOS is the recipient of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Award for her work on Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match and has illustrated many picture books for children. Sara earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she lives with her husband.

Illustrator Residence: San Francisco

Illustrator Hometown: Mexico

Publicity: “Things that Go” campaign

Airport promotions

Tundra Time activities to be done on an airplane

Author Website: www.lourdesheuer.com / www.sarapalaciosillustrations.com

Author Social Media: @lourdesheuer

“A calm, informing pre-flight primer and an engaging book to pack to ensure a smooth trip.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[A] close observation of each passenger’s story arc reveals a temporary community shot through with optimism and good cheer…. This thoughtful, human portrait of air travel will make an unusual and resonant addition to all collections.” School Library Journal

“Digitally finished gouache and cut paper drawings by Palacios are filled with personality and compositions that revel in the cabin’s spaces, including the precious sliver of air between seats. Air travel may not always be glamorous, but the creators’ affection for it is evident and affirming in this book that makes the journey the primary story.” Publishers Weekly

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