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The Amazing Air Balloon

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Long before the Wright brothers made their famous flight, a young boy from Baltimore became the first person ever to travel by air-in a hot-air balloon. One of the most exciting ways to fly, the air balloon was invented in 1783, although it would take another ten years before a balloon was built that was ready to carry human passengers. Aviation aficionados and indeed all ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 10th 2003 by Dial
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(NS) Lauren
Nov 08, 2009 (NS) Lauren rated it it was ok
Grade/Interest Level: 2-4

Long before the Wright brothers made their famous flight, a young boy from Baltimore became the first person ever to travel by air-in a hot-air balloon. One of the most exciting ways to fly, the air balloon was invented in 1783, although it would take another ten years before a balloon was built that was ready to carry human passengers.

This historical fiction account of the first American hot-air balloon passenger is based on the author's research, and is written in a p
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Michael Fitzgerald
Jun 18, 2015 Michael Fitzgerald rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Illustrations mostly good, but realistic faces are a problem for this artist.
Linda
A fictionalised life of the 13 year old boy who first rode in a hot air balloon in Baltimore, America. The painted illustrations are meticulous in detail and realistic in style, making them easy to see and discuss with children. The text is a little long though and will be best used in a classroom of middle primary schoolers about not only the amazement that floating up in a balloon would have been, but (for Americans), a little of what it was like to be an early settler.
Nicole
Jun 19, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
An interesting story complete with beautiful illustrations that tells the story of the first air balloon.
Christi
Oct 19, 2008 Christi rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldnt-finish
the girls weren't interested enough
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When I was growing up in the small town of Rutherford, New Jersey, I was always called a tomboy. That was because I loved riding bikes, climbing trees, and playing baseball with the boys in the neighborhood. When I finally came inside, I had another name: bookworm. I was seldom seen without a book in my hand. In the summertime, I would go to the library and come back with as many books as I could ...more
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