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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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-Fact is turned into magic.+ -The New York Times Book Review
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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A wonderful picture book. Very underrated. The moment where the pilot is alone in the clouds is a sublime page. The illustrations are great.Published 6 months ago by Alex TB
We loved this book. We looked up all of the places grandpa went together. Great for homeschooling moms.Published 9 months ago by sjmme
Interesting. Tells a lot about history, culture, and science. It was cool, and I liked it. It was neat that he flew so far and that it was the first time. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Amma
I read this book to my 8 and 4-year-olds after checking it out of the library. It's a fun book but not one of our favorites. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Cindy H
This is a picture biography of Louis Bleriot, the inventor and pilot who was the first to fly across the English Channel. Great illustrations. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by M. Heiss
THis is a wonderful book for children that adults will love to read to them and learn something in the process. Read morePublished on January 18, 2011 by From the coast of Maine