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About a month ago while sorting through some of my things I came across a series of Topsy and Tim Ladybird books which I gave to my son. These are currently my son's favourite stories and I am reading two of these each day at bedtime along with intermittent stories through the day.
Topsy and Tim
Topsy and Twin are boy and girl twins who appear to be about three or four years of age. They live with their mummy and Dad and the books to tend to look at one issue .This series of books are written by Jean Adamson. I am reviewing the book Topsy and Tim go on an aeroplane which is one of the books I have read again tonight.
The story was originally published in 1979 so is not a modern book and is very basic. The story is very simple and explains the basic journey begins on the bus on the way to the airport. It mentions the main points of the transition through the airport starting with getting to the correct terminal, passing through check in and then watching the planes before boarding. They do talk about familiar parts of the journey such as take off and the ear popping the plane meal and Topy and Tim even get to meet the pilot. They finally land and arrive at their holiday destination.
My son loves this book currently it is very relevant for him at the moment as one of our friends has gone on holiday on an aeroplane. As most my friends have young children it is unusual for him to know someone who has gone on a plane. This gives him a great insight into what happens when you fly on a plane. The story itself is in very simple language which would make it very easy to understand. Despite how old this book is it is still very relevant today, the significant part of your journey through the airport is security and passport control however this probably would look quite outdated. The story moves along very past pace but this is more down to the lack of depth and detail rather than the flow of the story. My son thoroughly enjoys the section when Topsy and Tim are on the plane and make a mess of their food which the air hostess has to clean up. He has also asked more detailed questions about when Topsy and Tim Visit the pilot. This is the only Topsy and Tim book we own that does not have activates at the end of the book which is a little disappointing as it is something my son enjoys and does stretch my son a little. The illustrations are very simple now do seem to make the book seem a little dated however my son does not seem concerned by this.
I do enjoy reading this book to my son and while I am unsure how long they will remain his favourite books we are both enjoying reading the adventures of Topsy and Tim for now. I do think this book is an ideal book for the summer particularly for children going on holiday on a plane for the first time.
This book no longer appears to be published but is available on Amazon Market Place for 1p with £2.75 postage and packaging but this is in good condition, it will cost £2.85 in very good condition plus postage. I would advise if you have a little one it is well worth looking out for these in charity shops .Despite its age of this book still relevant and educational today
ISBN No. 0216924669
I've been to Spain lots of times. Once, years ago, I went to Spain twice in one day. Sort of. I left Germany and travelled to Barcelona, sat in their airport for an hour, and then travelled from there to Ibiza. Two journeys and two aeroplanes and landings in two Spanish airports on the same day. Topsy and Tim only got one of each, but they still had a lot of fun.
It's been more than 40 years since the first Topsy and Tim books were published, and with all the other children's books that have come onto the market since then, it would be easy to forget about this terrific twosome. Luckily for children of the new millennium, the series is currently being relaunched so they can go on being enjoyed for another 40 years or so.
Topsy and Tim are twins. They live with mum and dad and the odd pet in a nice house somewhere in England. In later books they even have an adopted sister - alliteratively called Tansy. They're nice normal kids of an indeterminable age (apart from the book in which they start school) and the books follow them wherever their adventures take them. They're great "first experience" books - as well as this one, the series includes stories about going to the doctor and dentist and optician, visiting a zoo, going supermarket shopping, having a camping holiday and starting school. The series is a large one, with several hundred titles, but the one that sticks in my mind the most was this, the tale of their first flight.
All the stories in the set are simple, and this one is no exception. Topsy and Tim (+ family) are off for a holiday in Spain, and so need to travel on an aeroplane. Using simple, friendly language (the books are aimed roughly at 2 - 6 year olds), there are descriptions of the airport (checking in, having a drink in the café, looking at the planes taking off), of the plane, and the people they meet on board - pilots, stewardesses etc. Things that aren't explicitly said are often shown in the accompanying pictures - the fastened safety belts, the special trays with the food on, and so on. There are cute little tips for flying - Topsy and Tim soon learn that sucking sweets stops their ears hurting - and the emphasis is, as usual, on having fun and learning new things, not being afraid. Most of the issues in this sense are skated over rather than raised and then alleviated, because it's better not to put ideas in the little ones' heads. Rather than mentioning that a plane might fall out of the sky, and then explaining most definitely why that can't happen, for example, it's not brought up at all.
It's a fun story to read whether or not your kids have been on a plane, and might well help them enjoy the experience if you read it shortly before their first flight. I didn't fly until I was 7 years old, a long time after I'd left the daily Topsy and Tim reads behind, but the story still stuck with me as I got on the plane that day. It tells you what to expect if you will be doing as the twins did, but is also just a fun story for any child who had never left the UK and isn't planning to in the near future. Topsy and Tim are so real, so likable, that they instantly become best friends with the little ones, and if you read your way round the series, this feeling only grows. Because they're the same age (roughly - the fact you can't squeeze two out in the same millisecond is never mentioned) they're very much on equal footing - no big brave older brother, small weak little sis roles with these two.
The stories are told well and illustrated perfectly, but most important of all, they flow, making reading aloud easier and more enjoyable. There's a bouncy-bouncy rhythm at times ("Off to Spain, in an aeroplane") which you'll find the kids like even if neither of you are really sure why. Great for reading aloud even before they understand all the words, equally great for new readers to enjoy alone. Whatever the experience there's probably a Topsy and Tim book to match the occasion, and the pair are so adorable you've absolutely no excuse for not checking them out.
Topsy And Tim Go On An Aeroplane
By Jean and Gareth Adamson
ISBN-10: 1409300579 (published 2009) - though I think they looked cuter in the original illustrations
This is one of my boys' favourites in the Topsy and Tim series by Jean and Gareth Adamson. In this Topsy and Tim story the twins are going on their Summer holidays with Mummy and Dad, which means going on an aeroplane for the first time.
Topsy and Tim take us through the terminals, up long escalators and along tunnels, explaining about luggage going on moving platforms and sweets stopping your ears from popping as the plane takes off. They meet the stewardess and the pilot and drive Dad a bit mad by fidgeting and swapping food in their special trays before arriving safely at their destination.
This is a hardback Ladybird book, measuring 16.4 x 12 x 0.6 cm, which has a RRP of £2.50. There are colour pictures on each page, which are quite simple, bright and cheerful. It is suitable for children aged from about 3 to 7.
I find Ladybird hardbacks to be pretty hardy, more so than some board books. My children like this particular Topsy and Tim because they love it when Topsy and Tim are a little bit naughty on the plane and their Dad looks cross!
Lovely to buy for a child about to take their first flight, or just as a general reading book.
I grew up reading the wonderful Topsy and Tim books, there were so many in the range it got quite bewildering how many there were. The adventures the twins had were never ending and each book managed to be unique and fun.
Who: Topy and Tim are two children, twins who seem to land themselves in mischief in every story. They are well-meaning though and each story usually ends happily with a little comic turn or a small moral behind the story
When: The books I belive date right back to the late sixties, but are still being published to this day
This story: The twins find themselves experiencing all the fun and thrills of in flight entertainment as they end up on a plane. What could possibly go wrong!
Artwork: Plenty of cute pictures which were always a huge draw when reading the books
Target audience: Children aged 4-10 ideally
Price: You can pick up Topsy and Tim books for a few pounds new or if you're lucky for a few pence online
This is one of a series of Topsy and Tim books, about a young boy and girl pair of twins, and their everyday experiences.
This book sees Topsy and Tim going off on their summer holidays in an aeroplane. The story is a detailed account, from a child's point of view, of the process of taking an aeroplane journey. The story begins with arriving at the airport and what its like in the terminal building, for example riding on escalators, checking in, seeing their luggage ride away and then boarding the plane. Once on the plane the stewardess gives them sweets to stop their ears hurting, they take off and see everything getting smaller, and then Topsy and Tim get bored and play up somewhat, then have lunch. They get to visit the pilot's cabin and eventually land and disembark.
The simple illustrations in this book complement the story perfectly.
This book is great for explaining to young children what 's involved in travelling by air. Young children will love Topsy and Tim because they can identify with their characters and the situations that they find themselves in and the fact that they are not always perfectly behaved. The books are good fun and practical and told in a simple language, using lots of interesting dialog.
Other similar books to this one are:
Topsy and Tim go the the dentist
Topsy and Tim go to hospital
Topsy and Tim go on a train
There are many other Topsy and Tim books on a whole variety of subjects, for example school stories or about people who help. All of them detailing experiences in the lives of young children.