Paperback, 40 pages
Published by Puffin (1987-08-01)
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Amazon Description"This book . . . recounts the persistence of a Frenchman, Louis, 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 texture and tone to this marriage. This is vintage Provensen."--School Library Journal. Caldecott Medal.
One Potato Review
This is nominally a history of the aviator Louis Bleriot’s 1909 crossing of the English Channel, and at first it looks a little formal - Bleriot and his family sitting stiffly at the dinner table, then out for one of those excruciating Sunday drives where they are equal parts performers and spectators. Then - “clacketa clacketa clacketa” - overhead comes a zeppelin so immediately bewitching that Papa steers the automobile into a truck carrying pumpkins and cabbages. The crash is all slapstick, as are many of Bleriot’s preliminary attempts at a flying machine - “Alas! It flaps like a chicken. Never mind.” - though finally the triumph of Bleriot XI soars higher for all of the blundering. Like many triumphs probably. With a couple of charming syntactical oddities (“All is in readiness.”) along the way.
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