A Dream of Pilots

Overview

"Philip Handleman has written a book that will be treasured by young people and adults alike. No one reading A Dream of Pilots will ever look at an airplane or a spacecraft or the men and women who fly, maintain, and create them the way they did before reading this wonderful book."
--Dr. Richard P. Hallion, Verville Fellow, Smithsonian Institution

"A superb storyteller, Philip Handleman reveals his inveterate love of aviation in this wonderfully human portrait of the heroes of flight. His thoughtful insight ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (1) from $50.09   
  • Used (1) from $50.09   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

"Philip Handleman has written a book that will be treasured by young people and adults alike. No one reading A Dream of Pilots will ever look at an airplane or a spacecraft or the men and women who fly, maintain, and create them the way they did before reading this wonderful book."
--Dr. Richard P. Hallion, Verville Fellow, Smithsonian Institution

"A superb storyteller, Philip Handleman reveals his inveterate love of aviation in this wonderfully human portrait of the heroes of flight. His thoughtful insight combines with Craig Kodera's magnificent drawings to create an invaluable book for children--and a refresher course for adults. Every parent and every library must have this book!"
--Walter J. Boyne, author/historian and former director of the National Air and Space Museum

In this celebration of humankind's ascent into the skies, readers embark on an incredible journey through the history of modern aviation, from a time when planes were only a dream to the daring aerial stunts of Roscoe Turner, who clocked an average speed of 283.4 miles per hour in the air, setting a new speed record for his generation. From Wilbur and Orville's shaky first flights at Kitty Hawk to the inspirational resolve of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license, this work remembers the lives and innovations of the men and women who have commanded the skies throughout history.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
This collective biography profiling the achievements of 20 aviation pioneers is ably written and informative but not particularly engaging. Handleman, a pilot and author of numerous aviation-history books, bookends the sequence of short biographies with a young boy named "Philsie," presumably the author as a child, who dreams of the historical figures profiled. This awkward framing device is both superfluous and downright hokey. Included among the four-page profiles are portraits of such familiar pioneers as the Wright Brothers, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, as well as the lesser-known likes of World War I ace Billy Bishop, Flying Tigers commander Claire Chennault and test pilot Jackie Cochran. Kodera's pencil-drawn portraits of the aviators vary in quality. Though each profile is concise and informative, the author makes no attempt to connect these aviators to one another. A notable oversight is the lack of a bibliography and suggestions for further reading. (Collective biography. 9-13)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589805705
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Kodera is a retired commercial pilot and professional artist. His ability to combine his talents in art with his interests in aviation have earned him the R.G. Smith Award for excellence in naval aviation art in 2001 and the Best of the Best award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine in 2000. Kodera is also the charter vice president of the American Society of Aviation Artists and the illustrator of the Pelican title A Dream of Pilots. He lives in Clermont, Florida.

Philip Handleman has been an active pilot since the early 1970s, and he owns and flies two planes with military history, including a biplane primary trainer from World War II. In 1973, he volunteered in Israel during the Yom Kippur War. In addition to his flying experience, Handleman has written more than twenty books on the history of aviation. In April 2008, he was presented the prestigious Harriet Quimby Award for his contributions to the history of flight through his writing and photography. He lives in Birmingham, Michigan, with his wife, Mary.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)