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Gee Bee Zee–The Little Racer
All of Life is a School
by Kermit Weeks
Illustrations by Project Firefly
Kermit Weeks, developer of the Fantasy
of Flight theme park in Polk City, Florida, is not known for his skills as an author, but perhaps he should be. His first book
is a children’s parable about a bunch of car-
toon airplanes attending “race” school at
Fantasy of Flight.
The 65-page hardback full color book
is beautifully illustrated by Project
Studios. It follows
a troupe of young
racing airplanes as
they learn about key ethical concepts and
flying skills, from checklists to distractions,
from helping others to pursuing dreams, and
more. It is the perfect bedtime storybook for
little ones, and an excellent self-reader for older children. Weeks has them all at little Gee
Bee Zee’s first words (what kid can resist a
taxicab yellow talking airplane?).—A.L.
Published by KWIP Publishing, Inc., 2007
Hard-cover; 65 pages; $19.95
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