Katelin's Reviews > The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909

The Glorious Flight by Alice Provensen
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May 25, 2012

it was ok
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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. The need for an airplane speaks to the setting, as does the clothing in the illustrations. The historical setting lends itself to giving readers insight about the period, as well as causing readers to imagine what it would be like not to have inventions such as the airplane. The author chooses to write in the third person, which takes some of the emotion out of the story, but at the same time helps to convey facts to the reader. This picture book is an enjoyable way to read a biography and learn a little bit about the history of flight.

Ages 7-13
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