The Glorious Flight: Across The Channel With Louis Bleriot
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 ...more
The final flight across the English Channel is the culmination of years of effort, daring and invention. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
Format: Picture book
Reading level: 5
Theme/topic: The beginning of flight
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 ...more
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 ...more
When the stakes are raised and a substantial award is offered to the man who can build an aircraft capable of flying h ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.