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The Glorious Flight: Across The Channel With Louis Bleriot

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Japanese edition of The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909. An enticing account of a pivotal moment in aviation, sure to catch the attention of adventurous young children; includes unique and attractive art. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by BL Shuppan/Tsai Fong Books (first published 1983)
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We Americans have a tendency to, while acknowledging the contribution of European aviation, zero in on the Wright Brothers’ role in aviation history. What we neglect to realize is that other countries made their own breakthroughs, all of which contributed to the ultimate success of human flight.

This story, although only forty pages long and a picture book at that, does a fun job introducing children to another successful aviator – Louis Bleriot, conqueror of the English Channel. Through fun pict
Stephanie Winchester
The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel With Louis Bleriot is written and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provinson. This book details the incredible journey of a Frenchman that created a flying machine and rode it across the English Channel. A prize was given out to the first man who flew across the English Channel and Bleriot decided that he would be that man. He goes through numerous inventions before he finally finds one that somewhat works. He takes this one to the channel and succeeds in f ...more
Dec 20, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale of a daring flight 100 years ago, and the inspiration and aviation trials that led up to it. The pictures are sepia toned and old fashioned; and as the aircraft improve, you can see the children grow up.

The final flight across the English Channel is the culmination of years of effort, daring and invention. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
A great educational book for your children of all ages. My 6 yr old loved it as well as my 3 yr old twins. Lots of good information with beautiful pictures that will help keep children engaged. Good additional lesson to a history lesson on the Wright brothers. A great addition to any children's library.
Katie Foster
This is a book about Louis Bleriot. He was the first man to fly a plan across the English channel. It starts with background information of his family. Then it talks about his 6 years of trial and error, trying to make the airplane. At the end of the story, the author writes about his flight across the English channel. It was a quick read and would be a good story to use as a read aloud. There are many dates mentioned in the book so you could make a timeline out of it. But the sentence structure ...more
Victoria Long
The life of Louis Bleriot, who is one of the first people to fly an airplane, is told and presented in a great way for children. The text is placed nicely under each illustration and provides enough details to make the history interesting. However, the images and story are boring. This exciting event of an airplane taking flight is not shown as thrilling as it could be. I just don't think this remarkable man and journey is shown as best and as captivating as it could have been. Even the cover is ...more
Tayler Pomeroy
“The Glorious Flight” is a Caldecott Medal winner for its full page paintings. The story was about a man learning how to build an airplane. Personally I did not find the illustrations to be especially appealing to me. The colors are mostly earth tones. When I was reading it, I was a little distracted by the different kind of format it uses, because it is set in France. I was excited when the man finally learned how to build an airplane that functioned successfully. I’m disappointed by the way th ...more
Taylor Melum
Citations: Provensen, Alice. (1983). The glorious flight: across the channel with Louis Bleriot July 25 1909. New York, NY. Viking Press
Genre: Non-fiction
Format: Picture book
Reading level: 5
Theme/topic: The beginning of flight
Gender: Male

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 by Alice Provensen is a story about a man who is eager to create a plane. Louis Bleriot longed to fly so badly that he tried flight after flight on different contraptions which ofte
Madison Young
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Katie Levin
The Glorious Flight
By Alice and Martin Provensen
This story is an adventurous tale of a French son (Louis) and Papa’s fascination with planes. Set in Cambrai, France 1901, this book has many aspects that take on the French culture. Louis and papa begin to build planes with their family supporting them. After Louise many attempts to build planes, Papa takes over and starts building his own. As the planes become more complex, so to the injuries that papa endures. It ends with Papa flying in his ne
Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice and Martin Provenson is a story about a family in France that witnesses the first ‘airplane’ go over France. Papa Bleriot, the father of the family, and the main character, decides that he wants to fly the plane himself. One day, he sits in the drivers seat and decides that it is time for him to learn to fly. Papa flies across a field and then crashes. He is not hurt, but the plane is crashed! One day, Papa learns: “a great priz ...more
After spotting an airship sailing through the skies of France one one day, inventor Louis Blériot becomes fixated on the idea of building a flying device that can carry a man over long distances, perhaps even across great expanses of water. Failure dogs Monsieur Blériot at seemingly every turn, though an occasional glimmer of potential triumph shows up in his work now and then.

When the stakes are raised and a substantial award is offered to the man who can build an aircraft capable of flying h
Ginta Harrigan
“The Glorious Flight” is about Louis Bleriot who was a pioneer in aviation. He created an aeroplane the Bleriot XI and flew across the English Channel.

“The Glorious Flight” is a picture book partial biography. Bleriot’s flight occurred in 1909 and during that time it was quite a feat for someone to fly across the English Channel. Bleriot is a study in perseverance. He created several planes prior to the Bleriot XI. This is a good lesson for students, to never give up if they really want to succe
The plot of the story keeps readers interested as they wait to find out if the main character will create a machine that flies, and if he will make it over the English Channel. This plot keeps readers involved in the story. Moreover, while minor characters are not fully developed, readers come to know Louis Blériot as determined, brave, and creative. Knowing his personality causes readers to empathize with him in his quest and cheer him on. Furthermore, the setting is crucial to the storyline. T ...more
Genre: Historical
Summary: The glorious Flight across the Channel with Louis Bleriot is about a French pioneer who was determined to fly. He goes through several models of airplanes and finally on his 11th model he comes up with an aircraft that is able to actually fly for some distance and time. Bleriot takes up a challenge in which 1,000 pounds while be given to the first man to fly across the channel. In July 1909, he sets off from France heading to England and successfully makes the trip in 3
Taylor Destito

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot was the Caldecott Medal winner in 1984 is about a French man who is determined to make an airplane. After failing many times, he finally is successful on the eleventh try. He flew over the English Channel into England in 36 minutes and proved to the world that it is possible to fly an airplane over the water. This book shows children that hard work does pay off; all it takes is persistence and dedication. The author’s style includes shor

The story of the first flight across the English Channel by the aviation pioneer Louis Bleriot. Told in a charming and witty style with equally charming illustrations. Winner of the Caldecott Medal for children's literature.

As the story unfolds, Louis Bleriot and his entire family are entranced by the sight of a dirigible balloon in the skies over Paris (no doubt piloted by the early aeronaut, Alberto Santos-Dumont (see "Wings of Madness" by Paul Hoffman). Papa Bleriot is bitten by the flying bu
The Provensens tells the story of Louis, a boy (and then a man) who stated he was going to build a flying machine, and then set out to do it. He faced some challenges and disappointments, but ultimately prevails after flying over the Channel. The story is told is short, simple sentences, and accompanied with colorful illustrations. Children will love the tale of a child who overcomes obstacles to achieve a great accomplishment.
Deanna Colburn
The book The Glorious Flight is a story based in France during 1901 and is a man who dreams to build and fly a plane. The illustrations are drawn with soft edges and neutral brown tones. This color scheme and use of water color reflects the age of the story. The browns and beiges make you feel like you are in 1901 and with the man and his family as he achieves his dream. Also the details in the drawings reflect the era extremely well with the detail of the characters clothing as well as the back ...more
The writing style of the author becomes very apparent in this short children’s book. Short and descriptive sentences fill a small portion of each page and the illustrations mainly cover each page. The plot of this children’s book is centered on the first planes to be made and flown. The main character has a dream that he too will create a flying structure and through hard work and dedication, he accomplishes his ultimate goal. The writing style, plot, and illustrations didn’t interest me very mu ...more
Mallori Allphin
This traditional tale tells about a man that learns to fly. He finds a plane and this intrigues him. While flying, he seems to be lost. He waits just a tad longer and realizes that he has found a new land! The storyline of this book is very exciting and has great potential but the illustrations do not give it justice. The pictures are very old fashioned and would not appeal well to children. This book has a great storyline with endless potential. The author and illustrator both lack excitement. ...more
The book is about a father who wants to build a flying machine and keeps trying until he is finally able to do it. The pictures are good but the names of the characters are hard to pronounce so I think that small children will not be interested to read it. The wording is hard for a small child so I would recommend it for older kids.
Catie Schwartz
This book tells the true story of a Frenchman who tried to create a plane to fly across the English Channel. The book follows his endeavor through very concise text, and the story is conveyed very well through the writing.

The illustrations are not very colorful, but emotion and mood are still depicted through the facial expressions and actions of the characters. The images are clear and give a step-by-step account of the story, ensuring that the reader does not get lost. They emphasize the actio
Kristi Scramlin
The Glorious Flight Across the Channel With Louis Bleriot explains the steps Mr. Bleriot had to take in order to build his plane that had to make it across the channel and land in England. His fascination with planes all begun on the day he saw the white airship flying over his town, and from that day on he knew he was going to build his own flying machine. As years pass on he creates 7 different types of “aeroplanes” that worked better and better each time he made a new one. The first was the s ...more
Suzanne Gust
This story is about a man who builds a "plane" to cross the English Channel. It was a great history picture book that is unique because it tells the story of a man who is not well known. The book was fun to read, however I did not enjoy the illustrations as much as the story. The illustrations in this story are very elegant, but sometimes bland. The faces of the people are not detailed at all. The focus of this book is the airplanes that the main character makes to fly from France to England, an ...more
Brooke Holthe
As soon as I caught a glimpse of the illustrations, I knew I wanted to read the story. This story moved me by how persistent the father was to build a plane and the passion he had to devote so much time to never giving up and building plane after plane. This book teaches children about how we make mistakes and don't always get things right the first time and to never give up. I love history and reading this book put a smile on my face due to the fact of how things were in that time. I would be p ...more
This book introduced us to a man I'd never heard of before, the man who was the first to fly over the English Channel. Amazing. I love how children's books introduce us to innovative people and ideas. I'm learning as I read to the kiddos!
Paige Thomson
The piece entails a man building a machine capable of flight that he hopes to take from France to England. I thought that this story had a creative plot line. However, I found the illustrations to follow directly along with the text, so I felt that the illustrations could have done more to develop the story. I also wish that there had been more factual information, I think that by adding more facts the story would appeal to more readers. The only area I could see using the book would be to possi ...more
My FAVORITE children's book of all time! Such an awesome, true story, with fanatstic antique-esque artwork. My mother kept this book for me so that I can share it with my children some day - if you haven't read it, you should!
**** Caldecott Medal (1984) ****

Informative story of the man who was first to fly across the English Channel. Looking at his fragile aircraft, it is amazing to imagine the courage it took to make the crossing.
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Alice Provensen collaborated with her late husband, Martin, on numerous 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 Staatsburg, ...more
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