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The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – August 1, 1987

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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

About the Author

Alice Provensen is the author and illustrator of "Murphy in the City", "A Day in the Life of Murphy", and "Klondike Gold". She collaborated with her late husband, Martin, on many other highly acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Medal winning "The Glorious Flight" and Nancy Willard s Newbery Medal winning "A Visit to William Blake s Inn", which was also a Caldecott Honor Book. The Provensens have been on the "New York Times" list of the Ten Best Illustrated Books eight times. Alice lives in California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140507299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140507294
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As others have noted, it IS a quiet book, but my children (3rd grade, 2nd grade, and pre-K) enjoyed it very much (although my 3rd grader, looking over my shoulder, said it was just 3 stars because he isn't that interested in planes - ahem).

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.
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Format: Paperback
This children's book is an account of the famous French aviation pioneer, Louis Bleriot (1872-1936) who was the first person to fly across the English Channel (on July 25, 1909). The book won the 1984 Caldecott Medal for best illustrations in a book for children. IT is an excellent book for use in a discussion of history, particularly the history of aviation.
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Alice and Martin Provensen certainly had a good run in the early 1980s. First there was their Newberry-winning-Caldecott-Honor-attaining, "A Visit to William Blake's Inn" (which I'm not a fan, but oh well) and then their very own Caldecott winning, "The Glorious Flight". If you were randomly scanning the shelves of your local library and you stumbled upon this book, you might consider it an early picture book. The story's muted color schemes and simple characters give it a particularly classic feel, unlike anything else you might find in contemporary tales. This may not be THE most exciting book in the world (the Provensens excel in moods and tones rather than fast-paced adrenaline rushes) but there is a lovely feel to it that outweighs its occasional lapses into deadened flatness.

Voila, Monsieur Louis Bleriot (who, for purposes that remain unclear, is referred to here as a very un-French "Mr."). A well-to-do man of France in 1901, Bleriot lives a contented existence with his spouse, five children, cat, dog, and cockatoo. Just your average bourgeoisie. All that changes one day when up above the city streets Bleriot spots a remarkable new invention. It's a great white airship circling the skies. Suddenly, much like Toad in "Wind in the Willows", Bleriot is entranced and mesmerized by the contraption. Says our hero, "I, too, will build a flying machine". The book chronicles his various attempts, each growing more sophisticated as Bleriot himself grows more learned. Finally, he enters a contest to be the first man to fly across the English Channel and, after some tense moments, succeeds and wins. Says the text, "Truly, it was a glorious flight".

Indeed. It's a nice story too.
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I first read this book when I was 6 years old and never stopped thinking about flying. Today I now have a commercial pilot license and over 300 hours of flight time. If you want the next generation to fall in love with aviation this I absolutely recommend.
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This is an excellent book, but the age range listed for it really doesn't seem right at all. I wouldn't read this story to my kindergartner. The book tells the story of the first man to fly across the English Channel. It takes place in France in the early 20th century, concepts that aren't easy for young children to understand. He creates different designs of flying machines, including gliders, before deciding to add motors and propellers. At times, the language is also quite advanced, like when they toast "the valiant aeronaut." I think this book is perfect for grades 2-5, not grades K-3 (unless your young child has a real interest & background in planes).

This book is a good one to add to a collection because it's factual and detailed but written in a story format instead of a typical nonfiction book that contains graphs and vocabulary words. Some children are uninterested in nonfiction books, but this story allows them to explore the word of nonfiction but in a format they're more familiar with. The art helps create the setting and helps children understand the different time period. They might notice the different fashion styles as well as the differences between early cars & planes and the ones they see today.
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This is one of my favorite children's books. Other reviews have said it's not exciting, I couldn't disagree more. Not only is the story exciting but it is humorously written and teaches us to perserve just as Louis Bleriot did in his ten unsuccessful tries to build a plane that would fly. But oh number 11! I'm generally not the least bit interested in planes or aviation, but this story is an absolute winner. It's also a great way to sneak in some world geography with your kids since at the conclusion of the story, Bleriot is the first man to successfully fly from France to England over the English Channel. Love, love, love everything about this book.
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