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The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 (Picture Puffin Books)

by Alice Provensen

Paperback, 40 pages

Published by Puffin Books (1987-08-01)

List Price: $7.99

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Amazon Description

Winner of the Caldecott Medal, this stunningly illustrated book depicts Louis Bleriot's historic first cross-Channel flight.

“Factually accurate, yes-but also a witty pictorial reincarnation of Bleriot’s first experience of an airship”--Kirkus Reviews

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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