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Hot Air by Marjorie Priceman
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Aug 16, 12

bookshelves: 2012, caldecott, picture, children-s, historical-fiction
Read in August, 2012

What happened on the first hot air balloon ride? Well, no one really knows because the first passengers were a duck, sheep, and rooster. Marjorie Priceman gives some background about the first flight in France and then creates a nearly wordless story about the adventures of these three animals. They get tangled in laundry, fill their basket with water, and quack, baaa, and cock-a-doodle-doo their way safely to the ground. The end pages include details about the Montgolfier brothers' early balloon flights.

Recommended for elementary school collections. This is the kind of book that works with both older and younger readers, though, of course, in very different ways. It could be an interesting starting point for a creative writing piece. What would a bird think of the Wright Brothers' first flight? What did a mouse see while flying with Amelia Earhart?
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