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Emily Bean and the Flying Machine


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A young girl's imagination transports her into the cosmos in this cute, winsome and rhyming story.

Emily Bean has a strong imagination. She decides to take her teddy bear and cat with her to the other planets in our cosmos and proceeds to build a rocket. She draws out her plans, and her mother assists her in cutting out the cardboard pieces for the rocket.

The narrative by Geneviève McLaughlin is winsomely written in a kid-friendly tone. Having an engaging, curious imagination is something that all youngsters can relate to.

Mykhail Ridkous, the illustrator, did an amazing job creating images that children will like and connect to their lives. They're vibrant, vivid, and playful.

Emily Bean and the Flying Machine is adorable and is now one of my favorite books. My granddaughter, who is just under two years old, loves it as well. She decided she wanted to make a rocket like Emily. (She made a blanket fort instead because a rocket was a little too ambitious for her.) This delightful story spurred her imagination and creativity, which I appreciated.

A charming story aimed at youngsters aged 3 to 8, Emily Bean and the Flying Machine could easily be read to and understood by younger children. Furthermore, older children will find it easy to read themselves and will appreciate the story.

Thank you to Reedsy Discovery and author, Geneviève McLaughlin, for providing me with a copy of Emily Bean and the Flying Machine. I have provided an unbiased review.

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A young girl’s imagination takes her across the universe in this rollicking rhyming tale.

Young Emily has a fantastical dream to create a magical, flying car and soar the skies, exploring with her co-pilot teddy bear. With imagination, nothing can stop Emily as she takes a wild adventure through outer space, returning just in time for bedtime.

Emily works on her project all week, using boxes, bows, colors, and captains’ chairs, of course. The time comes when Emily and her navigator, Captain Theodore Bear, begin their mission, taking all of the essentials with them—cookies and milk, of course. As they blast off into the sky, the cities, houses, and buildings become smaller and smaller as their magical flying car passes shooting stars, moons, and planets.

Emily and her trusty traveling companion land on Venus and, with a proclamation, they plant their flag for all the universe to see. Journeying 100,000 light years is hard work and, as their eyes got droopy and sleepy, they wondered if mom had dinner ready. After landing safely and sleepily regaling mom with their adventures, Emily cuddles under her bed covers and continues her amazing adventure in her magical flying machine...in her dreams.

About the author

Geneviève's passion for creating stories emerged as a young child, winning the E.P.L. Award for young authors at the age of 11. This book is the first published work for the author. She hopes her young readers come away from her books wanting to bring their own imagination to life. view profile

Published on October 18, 2021

0-1000 words

Genre: Picture Books

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