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The Glorious Flight: Across The Channel With Louis Bleriot

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  2,252 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
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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Mar 31, 2016 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Loved the subtle humor and what a grand true story it is. I so admired the spirit and persistence of "Papa" and how he followed his dreams. (If I was Mama or one of the children maybe I would have felt differently with all that danger he was in!) What a wonderful outlook, to find joy and encouragement in every attempt at flight, rather than becoming thwarted by "failure." The Caldecott Medal-winning illustrations really evoke the era and it's neat to have the visual of the pro ...more
Sep 04, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  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.

This book was selected as one of the books for the April 2016- Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Club in
I actually ended up enjoying Martin Provensen's illustrations much more more than I thought I would (they are detailed and descriptive, although I would still not ever call them personal favourites, as they tend to feel rather stagnant and lifeless, emotionless even, with a colour scheme that as my friend Cheryl has already pointed out, is rather if not actually much too drab and thus a bit too muted for my personal tastes).

And while I did and do much appreciate the information (and the storylin
Laura Verret
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
This is the story of Louis Blériot, who was the first person to fly across the English Channel in the early 1900s.

After seeing the first air ship crossing over the city of Cambrai, in France, Louis Blériot decides to build a "flying machine". It took him many years and many attempts, but he never gave up. In 1909, after many crashes, the "Blériot XI" succeed in crossing over the channel in 37 minutes.

Every attempt to create the flying machine is recorded in this book with a picture that illustra
Jun 27, 2014 SamZ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caldecott
1984 Caldecott Honor: Favorite Illustration - The morning where Papa takes off to fly across the channel. I love the family watching from the hangar and the man pushing the propeller, lots of action and emotion on these pages!
I really enjoyed this little peek into history! I think (especially in America) we tend to talk about the Wright Brothers almost exclusively to any other innovators in the world of flight. I liked learning about the Bleriot inventions, but I wish there were more of an autho
I really liked reading this true tale of Louis Bleriot's quest to create a flying machine. I liked reading of his persistence when his first several attempts were unsuccessful. Also, at first he did not know how to fly and had a friend fly. But he learned to fly as well. It was Bleriot XI that was finally successful. On July 25, 1909, he climbed aboard and flew from France, across the English Channel to land in England. The flight took 37 minutes. The illustrations are in muted colors and fit ni ...more
Dec 03, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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.
Dec 03, 2016 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This Caldecott Medal winning picture book tells the inspiring story of Louis Bleriot, who after seeing an airplane he was inspired and wanted to fly as well. He makes multiple attempts to make an airplane that can fly but none of them were successful. After a number of failed attempts he finally has a model that works, a model that can actually go places. I liked that this book had some historical relevance; it helped bring the story to life for me. The illustrations are sketches and they are ma ...more
Britney Thomas
Dec 05, 2016 Britney Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The historical picture book is the story of Louis Bleriot, the first person to fly across the English Channel. Louis decides to build a “flying machine.” It takes him many years and many attempts but he never gives up. The message in the story of never giving up really appealed to me. The illustrations are created with many dark hues and dull yellow although each picture has a lot of energy. The shapes used are very angular with distinct lines, like used on the airplane.
Feb 24, 2017 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storybook, 2017
A solid non-fiction book that reads like a story. I think the format would engage children in learning about early aviation. I enjoyed the subtle humour of the book. The pictures were not entirely my style, but I admit that they did really suit the humour and pacing of the story.
Nov 14, 2016 Mckenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-materials
It was interesting learning about someone who helped flight so much (who wasn't the Wright brothers). I enjoyed the story, but it wasn't one of my favorite picture books thus the four stars.
Susan Soohoo
Nov 09, 2016 Susan Soohoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
1. This book is the winner of the 1984 Caldecott Medal Winner.
2. This book is suitable for grades 1-3.
3. This book is about a man named Louis Blériot trying to build his own airplane. He sees one flying in the sky one day, which isn't that common considering this takes place in 1901. He makes multiple attempts to create his plane. Despite failing time after time, Blériot never gets discouraged. He creates Blériot I, Blériot II, Blériot III, all the way up to Blériot XI, which was his
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
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
This 1984 Caldecott Medal Winner is filled with humor and a gentle message about persistence. Out for a drive with his family in 1901, Louis Bleriot is transfixed by the sight of an airborne vehicle, and his life will never be the same. Obsessed with crafting something that will fly, he pours all his energy, creativity, and money into various designs. The first one resembles a chicken, complete with flapping wings, and each of the designs, while having much potential, eventually fail. Never doub ...more
Madison Young
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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
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
Taylor Melum
Sep 22, 2014 Taylor Melum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tch-307
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
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
May 19, 2008 Curtiss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
Apr 02, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok
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
Kim Bitner
Oct 15, 2016 Kim Bitner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-in-a-row
The Glorious Flight is a wonderful picture book adaptation of the real life story of Louis Bleriot's quest to successfully build an aeroplane. The story is engaging and my kids would get so involved in the reading each day. We got a glimpse into Mr. Bleriot as a dedicated family man, and a man of character who makes amends when he causes harm to others. There's much to be learned from his determination and dedication to the process of invention; rather than seeing failure as an end point, Blerio ...more
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
May 25, 2012 Katelin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
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
Taylor Destito
Sep 08, 2013 Taylor Destito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books

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

Emily Uebel
This children’s historical fiction book is meant for kids between the ages five and eight. This book won the award for The Caldecott Medal, I am giving this book three stars out of five because I think this book could have been written in a more child friendly way. The pictures are good, but not great, however the book is more about how Blériot witnesses a man flying over them which encourages him to make his own airship. After making multiple mistakes and fixing them he manages to fly across th ...more
Crystal Ingram
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Bailee Loewen
Apr 21, 2016 Bailee Loewen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
The Glorious Flight is a picture book that recaps the moments of Louis Bleriot being the first man to fly across the English Channel. It takes several attempts until the his aircraft successfully flies, with each attempt the airplane went a tiny bit further. Finally, making a glorious debut, Louis Bleriot flies for a total of 37 minutes and makes it to England. This is an older book but it was great anyhow with an inspiring theme for children about determination and not giving up. The spirit of ...more
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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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