Storytime with Julie Whitney sharing Astra the Lonely Airplane

Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 11:00am
2692 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Storytime with Julie Whitney sharing Astra the Lonely Airplane

Saturday, August 13 at 11am ET

Location: Joseph-Beth Rookwood

Join us for Storytime with Julie Whitney sharing Astra the Lonely Airplane and a video of Captain Dan giving a tour of the real Astra. Children in attendance will receive a free Astra bookmark!

Astra is a sleek, shiny airplane who loves to go flying with her best friend, Captain Dan. But when Astra and Dan suddenly find themselves out of a job, Astra must wait in her lonely hangar for a new owner to come along and give them somewhere to go. As the weeks turn into months and the right buyer still doesn't appear, Astra begins to wonder: Will she ever get to fly again?

Author Julie Whitney wrote Astra the Lonely Airplane after her husband's job as Chief Pilot of a corporate jet came to a grinding halt during the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie sat in Astra’s beautiful interior one last time and openly wept, feeling sick to her stomach wondering what would become of the plane, and how long she would sit there in the hangar before being flown again. Thankfully the real-life Astra has a happy ending as well. 

Astra the Lonely Airplane, the first rhyming picture book in the Astra series, is appropriate for young K-5 readers and for preschoolers, who will enjoy memorizing the rhyming verse. The book includes an educational glossary of plane terminologies and interesting facts, as well as a three-minute video via a QR Code in the book that children can scan to see a tour of the real Astra given by the real Captain Dan. This book teaches children about planes, math, and geography, and about overcoming adversity in challenging times and embracing new circumstances that may occur in their lives, such as a move to a new city. Astra the Lonely Airplane will leave readers wondering what will happen to Astra after she lands in her new home. Stay tuned for the second installment in the Astra series.

Astra the Lonely Airplane By Julie Whitney, Michelle Simpson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Whitney, Michelle Simpson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781953021410
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Belle Isle Books - March 2nd, 2022