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The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909

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"This book...recounts the persistence of a Frenchman, Louis Bleriot, to build a flying machine to cross the English Channel....  The text is succinct, caption-like in its directness and brevity....The paintings...add the necessary testure and tone to this marriage.  This is vintage Provensen" – School Library Journal

Paperback, 40 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Puffin Books (first published 1983)
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Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Laura Verret
While we Americans occasionally remember to credit the Europeans for their contribution to the field of aviation, we have a definite predisposition to 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
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
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 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.
You know what I love about this little book? It shows all the failures before success. Again and again M. Blériot crashes and fails... but each time he learns. That's what science is about -- not the genius eureka, but the perseverance.

Also, the illustrations are lovely. :)
Luisa Knight
It's always great to read a fun story and learn something historical too! Discover who the Wright Brother's contemporary was: Louis Bleriot.

I checked the facts and from what I can tell, the story is presented pretty accurately. There is a difference of some thirty seconds of fly time and a four minute difference of take-off time, but otherwise it seems to match up with what I could find.

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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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