Horses with Wings

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1993-1-1 Hardcover First Edition. New in very good dust jacket. Exterior of book looks BRAND NEW! , Interior of book is crisp and clean, very good., First Edition., Dust Jacket ... is very good., NOT XLIBRARY. Read more Show Less

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First-time illustrator Curlee's powerful paintings aren't quite enough to lift this historical picture book off the ground. The subject matter is dramatic--Leon Gambetta, in a Paris besieged by the Prussian army, realizes that the only way to escape and assemble a body of French soldiers is to fly over the Prussians in a hot-air balloon. After marveling at the beauty of the skies (particularly ``the shapes of clouds, changing in the wind . . . a wide white sea, horses with wings''), he descends in Amiens and marshals an army to liberate France. Haseley's ( Shadows ) dilutes the story by obscuring its message. At the same time that he celebrates his hero's exploits, he points at their futility: Gambetta ``knew when this war was over, there would be another.'' Curlee, meanwhile, skirts the ambiguities of the text. His paintings use a bold palette of contrasting colors and deliberately still compositions to suggest an epic scale. Carefully chosen images impart a sense of the gravity of the events--a cannon faces out of the picture toward the reader, a horse rears as a shell explodes nearby--while several even grander spreads show Gambetta's balloon aloft. Ages 5-up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-Lon Gambetta's balloon escape from besieged Paris during the Franco-Prussian War is the factual basis for this fictionalized picture book. Gambetta floats over the surrounding enemy, sees clouds shaped like horses with wings that remind him of his childhood and erases the war for awhile. He lands safely, raises an army, and marches back toward Paris. The book is handsome, but chilly. Curlee's intensely colored paintings are impressive, with their clear and simple outlines and dramatic perspectives, but their stylized forms serve to further detach readers from an already fragmented, self-consciously spare text. It's hard to know just what the point is. The perpetual nature of war? One man's moment of peace in the midst of violence? Nostalgia for childhood? Not historical explanation, apparently, since Gambetta was not the first Frenchman to balloon over enemy lines, nor did he fly alone, nor were the French eventually victorious-all of which the book implies, to some degree. The text fails to give a full sense of character, place, or concept, and the only creatures in the illustrations that seem to breathe are the imaginary horses.-Nancy Palmer, The Little School, Bellevue, WA
Kay Weisman
Stunning, full-color artwork highlights this picture-book story of Leon Gambetta's dramatic escape from Paris via a hot air balloon during the Franco-Prussian War. When Prussian soldiers surrounded Paris, Gambetta launched himself in a small airship, floated over the enemy troops, and finally landed safely south of the city. There he raised an army that eventually marched back to Paris to fight the Prussians. Haseley juxtaposes images of war and peace throughout his story. When Gambetta soars aloft, he can no longer hear or see the fighting below. Instead, he finds himself mesmerized by the quiet of the upper atmosphere and by the clouds, which look to him like winged horses. Later, the memory of his serene flight sustains him, even when he is immersed in battle. Curlee's paintings display an interesting combination of crisp-edged figures (used for close-ups and real images) and hazy backgrounds (used for the imagined horses and to simulate fog). Both styles of art are aesthetically pleasing and appropriate for this fantasy with a historical setting. Although young children may miss the understated messages about war and peace, they will be entranced by the artwork. The book's true audience, though, may be middle-school students, who will find the book a thought-provoking catalyst for discussion and writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060228859
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years

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