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The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot

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"This book . . . recounts the persistence of a Frenchman, Louis, to build a flying machine to cross the English Channel. . . . The text is succinct, caption-like in its directness and brevity. . . . The paintings . . . add the necessary texture and tone to this marriage. This is vintage Provensen."--School Library Journal. Caldecott Medal.

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 ...

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"This book . . . recounts the persistence of a Frenchman, Louis, to build a flying machine to cross the English Channel. . . . The text is succinct, caption-like in its directness and brevity. . . . The paintings . . . add the necessary texture and tone to this marriage. This is vintage Provensen."--School Library Journal. Caldecott Medal.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874990614
  • Publisher: AudioGO
  • Publication date: 10/28/1987
  • Series: Picture Puffins Series
  • Edition description: Book & Audio Cassette
  • Pages: 39
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Provensen and her husband, Martin, won the Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Flight. She currently lives in San Clemente, California.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    great

    really nice to share with kids

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    The Glorious Flight

    Wonderful story about inspiration, determination, trying, failing, trying again and again until succeeding. A great parable for any child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    History kids like

    Exciting tale that even children who don't like history will like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

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

    Alice and Martin Provensen wrote a very educational book, 'The Gorious Flight.' The book itself was interesting because you saw the flying process and how it use to not be a common thing. This book would be educationa on the fact you see how the first flights are a lot different then today's flights. The book was a Caldecott Medal winner in 1984 and it was well deserved. I love the pictures in the book. I look at them and try to put myself back in that time period. Although it was reflecting on an older time period the colors were a little a dull and didn't really catch your attention like they shold have, I had to focus on them to become interested. The book was very educational and would be very helpful in future lesson plans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

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

    Alice and Martin Provensen wrote a very educational book, 'The Glorios Flight.' The book itself was interesting because you saw the flying process and how it use to not be a common thing. This book would be educational on the fact you see how the planes then are a lot different then the planes today. This book won the Caldecott Medal in 1984. The pictures do a good job helping the story, but I focused mainly on the story. Which is something I don't do much, because I am all about the picture and art. The colors used just seemed dull, but I understand they were trying to take it back to the time where we were experimentating with air planes. This is a very educational book, that would be great for lesson plans on the First Flight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    The Glorious Flight Review

    Caldecott Book Title: The Glorious Flight Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot Reading Level: Second Grade Genre: Fiction About the Author: Janice May Udry was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, a city famous for its¿ elm trees. In 1950, she graduated from Northwestern University, and assisted in a Chicago nursery school for a year. She now lives in California. Book Review: A Tree is Nice is a story about trees and nature and the importance and value they have in our lives. It gives many facts about trees and helps us to appreciate them. ¿Trees make the woods.¿ ¿They make everything beautiful.¿ This book encourages readers to plant trees. ¿A tree is nice to plant.¿ It also gives us an almost endless list of possible uses for trees. This book is simple and easy to understand and gives children a wonderful insight on the value of trees. It is a fun book and enjoyable book and I would recommend it for learning and enjoyment. Bibliographic Information: Provensen, Alice and Martin. The Glorious Flight. New York: The Viking Press, 1983.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2007

    Caldecott Winner!

    Louis Bleriot, the father of a large family in Cambria, France, ran into a cart of pumpkins and cabbages watching an airship fly over the city. He tries numerous attempts to fly but only fails or flies a short distance. When an Englishman offers a prize to anyone who flies over the English Channel, Bleriot continues to attempt to fly. Do you think he ever flew? Read this amazing book to find out! Reading level for this great book is 4-8. Provenson, Alice and Martin. The Glorious Flight Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909. NY: The Viking Press. 1983.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    College Review for Class

    Ever wanted to soar high in the sky like the birds? This 1984 Caldecott children¿s picture book, ¿The Glorious Flight,¿ that¿s just what Louis Bleriot wants to do. While driving down the road one beautiful day in 1901, The Bleriot family has an accident with a cart carrying cabbages and pumpkins. No one is hurt, but there are bruised cabbages and angry faces, when . . . Clacketa, Clacketa. Clackketa! Clacketa! Out of the clouds, right over their heads, soars a great white airship. ¿What a wonderful sight!¿ Louis Bleriot says, ¿I, too, will build a flying machine, A great white bird.¿ So, for over six years and a lot of crashes, broken ribs, black eyes, and other accident to add to the list. Mr. Bleriot finally has a real airplane and to prove how good his airplane is, he takes on an offer to be the first man to fly across the English Channel. High above the earth, and lost Louis Bleriot sit motionless¿. Does he make it across the English Channel, or end up in the cold water below? Read more about this wonderful book set back in 1901. The authors of this book, Alice and Martin Provensen both great illustrators and writers, for years lived with their daughter at Maple Hill Farm in New York. Mr. Provensen died of a heart attack in 1987. Alice Provensen continues to write children picture books from her home in New York. Provensen, Alice & Martin. ¿The Glorious Flight¿. New York: Penguin Group (USA), 1984

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    The Glorious Flight is 'Fun-tastic'

    The Glorious Flight Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot is the biography of a Frenchman who was enthralled with flying machines. The first time he sees an airship, Bleriot yells ¿What a wonderful sight.¿ He says to his family, ¿I, too, will build a flying machine.¿ Bleriot tried many ways to create a flying machine that would carry a man across the English Channel. The story details many of his attempts to reach his goal. This story exemplifies what one can do when he is persistent. He eventually built the Bleriot XI, which in 1909 became the first heavier-than-air machine to fly the English Channel. The illustrator depicts the story very well with sepia-toned illustrations. The Glorious Flight won the Caldecott Medal for best-illustrated children's book of the year in 1984! The Provensen duo of Alice and Martin illustrated many books together before Martins death in 1987. Alice Provensen continues writing from her farm fondly named Maple Hill Farm, in New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2002

    Pretty Good

    I read this story to my children. They enjoyed the eye catching illustratios very much. It is about flying machines so your children will like it also.

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