- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Hutchinson; First Edition edition (November 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091543002
- ISBN-13: 978-0091543006
- Package Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,782,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot Hardcover – November, 1983
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"Factually accurate, yes-but also a witty pictorial reincarnation of Bleriot's first experience of an airship . . . There's dash, style, and economy here in both text and pictures."--Kirkus Reviews
"Fact is turned into magic."--The New York Times Book Review
"This book...recounts the persistence of a Frenchman, Louis Bleriot, to build a flying machine to cross the English Channel.... The text is succinct, caption-like in its directness and brevity . . . The paintings...add the necessary texture and tone to this marriage. This is vintage Provensen"--School Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Anyway, I used this book as part of a short aviation unit study this summer after we came back from Nags Head - we studied the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, and Louis Bleriot.
I absolutely love the illustrations in this book, the author uses a fairly muted palate, and we used butcher paper, various brown paints, and white paint applied with sponges and cotton balls to make our own plane-lost-in-the-clouds picture.
We also used the book to discuss persistence & passion (the Wright Brothers made 3 trips to Kitty Hawk before they were successful, but Louis Bleriot had - if memory serves me correctly, which admittedly it hasn't been doing lately - 8 or 9 "failures" before he was successful building his plane). We also discussed France, being an inventor, the English Channel & the Chunnel, and Roman Numbers.
I think the beautiful illustrations, combined with the book's encouraging and REAL LIFE message of learning from your mistakes and not giving up when you are trying to achieve your dreams, makes this book a worthwhile addition to any child's library. As the mother of a somewhat perfectionist daughter, I can't have too many books like this on my bookshelf.