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

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 (Picture Puffins) [Kindle Edition]

Alice Provensen , Martin Provensen
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A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Bleriot XI, which in 1909 became the first heavier-than-air machine to fly the English Channel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9329 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful book 18 April 2012
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This book was purchased for my youngest son, who is only 3, but has a fascination with flying the Channel. He had seen a picture of Louis Bleriot in another book and never missed a chance to point him out as the first man to fly across the English Channel. I wasn't sure if this book would really be suitable for a 3 year old, but I reasoned my 7 year old could use at as well, especially since we are studying famous flyers. I also felt that even if the book were too advanced - he would grow into it. When it arrive though, I was very pleasantly surprised. This book is really suitable for a wide age range, and it has so many different facets to it.

Bleriot was not just a pilot - he was also an inventor, and built not only the Bleriot XI aircraft in which he made his successful crossing - but 10 previous models that were not nearly so successful. It all began when Mr Bleriot was out for for a drive in his shiny new motor car. A strange sound from the sky drew his attention from the road, and he ended up in an accident with a cart load of cabbages. But even the sight of the accident can not keep his attention from the sky - where he sees his first glimpse of a flying machine - an airship. It appears Mr Bleriot is quite wealthy, ( he had invented the 1st working automobile headlamp )so he was able to pay the cart owner and everyone left happy. Bleriot, however was obsessed by the flying machine and could not rest until he would be able to take to the skies himself.

Bleriot is nothing if not determined and one disaster after another, including bumps bruises and broken bones does nothing to put him off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like the history, but DD5 not interested 3 Mar 2013
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"It's for big people" says my 5yo daughter on why she doesn't like this book, saying it's boring and long. Asked her if she liked the pictures and she said "a little bit." Maybe more for boys, especially those who like planes? Got this book as one of the readers for the Five in a Row learning books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I bloody well hate it. 2 Sep 2013
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My own fault I suppose. I wanted to read a book about the French Pilot Louis Bleriot. I admit I didn't read or research this book, I just bought it. Its just a kids book, and I got tired very quickly of reading about PA PA.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Book! 14 Oct 2006
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As others have noted, it IS a quiet book, but my children (3rd grade, 2nd grade, and pre-K) enjoyed it very much (although my 3rd grader, looking over my shoulder, said it was just 3 stars because he isn't that interested in planes - ahem).

Anyway, I used this book as part of a short aviation unit study this summer after we came back from Nags Head - we studied the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, and Louis Bleriot.

I absolutely love the illustrations in this book, the author uses a fairly muted palate, and we used butcher paper, various brown paints, and white paint applied with sponges and cotton balls to make our own plane-lost-in-the-clouds picture.

We also used the book to discuss persistence & passion (the Wright Brothers made 3 trips to Kitty Hawk before they were successful, but Louis Bleriot had - if memory serves me correctly, which admittedly it hasn't been doing lately - 8 or 9 "failures" before he was successful building his plane). We also discussed France, being an inventor, the English Channel & the Chunnel, and Roman Numbers.

I think the beautiful illustrations, combined with the book's encouraging and REAL LIFE message of learning from your mistakes and not giving up when you are trying to achieve your dreams, makes this book a worthwhile addition to any child's library. As the mother of a somewhat perfectionist daughter, I can't have too many books like this on my bookshelf.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And the world started getting smaller! 29 May 1999
By R. D. Allison ( - Published on
This children's book is an account of the famous French aviation pioneer, Louis Bleriot (1872-1936) who was the first person to fly across the English Channel (on July 25, 1909). The book won the 1984 Caldecott Medal for best illustrations in a book for children. IT is an excellent book for use in a discussion of history, particularly the history of aviation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flight of the Frenchman 2 Dec 2004
By E. R. Bird - Published on
Alice and Martin Provensen certainly had a good run in the early 1980s. First there was their Newberry-winning-Caldecott-Honor-attaining, "A Visit to William Blake's Inn" (which I'm not a fan, but oh well) and then their very own Caldecott winning, "The Glorious Flight". If you were randomly scanning the shelves of your local library and you stumbled upon this book, you might consider it an early picture book. The story's muted color schemes and simple characters give it a particularly classic feel, unlike anything else you might find in contemporary tales. This may not be THE most exciting book in the world (the Provensens excel in moods and tones rather than fast-paced adrenaline rushes) but there is a lovely feel to it that outweighs its occasional lapses into deadened flatness.

Voila, Monsieur Louis Bleriot (who, for purposes that remain unclear, is referred to here as a very un-French "Mr."). A well-to-do man of France in 1901, Bleriot lives a contented existence with his spouse, five children, cat, dog, and cockatoo. Just your average bourgeoisie. All that changes one day when up above the city streets Bleriot spots a remarkable new invention. It's a great white airship circling the skies. Suddenly, much like Toad in "Wind in the Willows", Bleriot is entranced and mesmerized by the contraption. Says our hero, "I, too, will build a flying machine". The book chronicles his various attempts, each growing more sophisticated as Bleriot himself grows more learned. Finally, he enters a contest to be the first man to fly across the English Channel and, after some tense moments, succeeds and wins. Says the text, "Truly, it was a glorious flight".

Indeed. It's a nice story too. In many of their books, the Provenses' style strikes the reader as a bit lacking in basic human emotions and warmth. In this case, however, it works perfectly within the text. The illustrations in this story are like old posed family portraits, only with a twinge more life and verve to them. The colors are, as I said before, muted. Yet somehow this doesn't bore the reader or even so much as put them to sleep. I think this may have something to do with the fact that this book, in the end, is a biography of sorts. Based on true events, the unnatural style and shades fit better than over-the-top bright/gaudy colors ever could have.

It's somewhat backhanded praise, but praise just the same when I say that in spite of my deep down dislike of the Provensens' other books, I could not help but like, "The Glorious Flight". It really isn't going to deeply capture the attention of any children but those interested in history, France, or flying machines. A nice story that somehow garnered itself a Caldecott Award. And it's nice to page through.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great illustrations! 22 Mar 2011
By Book Loving Mom - Published on
This is one of my favorite children's books. Other reviews have said it's not exciting, I couldn't disagree more. Not only is the story exciting but it is humorously written and teaches us to perserve just as Louis Bleriot did in his ten unsuccessful tries to build a plane that would fly. But oh number 11! I'm generally not the least bit interested in planes or aviation, but this story is an absolute winner. It's also a great way to sneak in some world geography with your kids since at the conclusion of the story, Bleriot is the first man to successfully fly from France to England over the English Channel. Love, love, love everything about this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting! 20 Mar 2014
By Amma - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Interesting. Tells a lot about history, culture, and science. It was cool, and I liked it. It was neat that he flew so far and that it was the first time. Neat that it's a true story (impressions from the kids).
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