Flying Jack

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This is the story of Jack, who wanted to fly from the day he was a toddler. When, as a boy, people asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, Jack would answer, "A pilot!" But by the time he got old enough, he had to go to war. Later, he raised a family, and instilled in his children a love for flying. Though time and circumstance kept him from soaring through the air, he never gave up his dream. Kathye Fetsko Petrie's heartwarming story, with spirited illustrations by Paula J. Mahoney, tells of family ...
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This is the story of Jack, who wanted to fly from the day he was a toddler. When, as a boy, people asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, Jack would answer, "A pilot!" But by the time he got old enough, he had to go to war. Later, he raised a family, and instilled in his children a love for flying. Though time and circumstance kept him from soaring through the air, he never gave up his dream. Kathye Fetsko Petrie's heartwarming story, with spirited illustrations by Paula J. Mahoney, tells of family love, faith, and the power of dreams. With a foreword by Reeve Lindbergh, here is the story of one man's passion for flight as it unfolds against milestones of American aviation history.

This heartwarming story tells of family love, faith, and the power of dreams as one man's passion for flight unfolds against milestones of American aviation history.

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Jack 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
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-From the time Jack is a young boy, he dreams of being a pilot, but is never able to save enough money to afford flying lessons. He grows up, marries, and eventually plays flying games with his seven children, all of whom have been named for famous aviators. Even when he builds a homemade airplane, it crashes before becoming airborne. Finally, on his 60th birthday, his youngest daughter, who has become a pilot and flight instructor, lands a helicopter in his yard and offers him his first chance to fly. This is a warm story of how one man's dream is finally realized despite the many obstacles he faces throughout his life. Lively watercolor illustrations full of homey details complement this spirited story of sacrifice and ultimate achievement. An additional purchase, pleasant enough for family sharing.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781563979712
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathye Fetsko Petrie, whose father is a pilot, grew up around airplanes and helicopters. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Paula J. Mahoney is the illustrator of The Curse of Graycrag Castle and Do You Know the Sound of Throwing Stars Far? She lives in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviation pioneers Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, is the author of numerous books for children, including View from the Air: Charles Lindbergh's Earth and Sky.

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