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Children's LiteratureJack was born with a longing to fly. When he was four years old and people would ask, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Jack would always say, "A pilot!" As a teenager he worked at the local airport to earn money for flying lessons, but that did not work out. As a young man, he joined the Navy hoping to fly dive-bombers. But instead he spent four years on a submarine. Later Jack married and had seven children; he played all sorts of flying games with them, but on weekends and nights he worked hard on a homemade airplane he was building. But, alas, his airplane crashed before it could take off. "Don't worry," his family reassured him. "Someday you'll fly." And on his 6oth birthday his dream came true. Has youngest daughter—a pilot and a flight instructor—landed a helicopter in the year, told her Dad to hop in, and gave him the sky! Detailed and lively watercolors illustrate this touching story about a man who finally realizes his dream. At the end of the book, there is a glossary to explain aviation terms found in the text. 2003, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 5 to 8.
— Anita Barnes Lowen