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Into the Air: An Illustrated Timeline of Flight

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People watched and longed to fly themselves. After thousands of years of wondering and imagining and experimenting, they finally devised ways to get Into the Air.

Into the Air presents the history of flight through lyrical text, evocative artwork, and an accompanying face-filled timeline that will delight and inform flight enthusiasts of all ages.

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Overview

People watched and longed to fly themselves. After thousands of years of wondering and imagining and experimenting, they finally devised ways to get Into the Air.

Into the Air presents the history of flight through lyrical text, evocative artwork, and an accompanying face-filled timeline that will delight and inform flight enthusiasts of all ages.

Provides an illustrated chronology of flight, from prehistoric insects to future spacecraft.

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Offering a brief line of text and several sidebars per spread, Into the Air: An Illustrated Timeline of Flight by Ryan Ann Hunter, illus. by Yan Nascimbene, charts the development of flight from "giant dragonflies [that] zigzagged through steamy swamps above the heads of lumbering reptiles" (a sidebar shows one from 325 million years ago with a two-foot wingspan) to early balloons and gliders (another sidebar depicts Leonardo da Vinci's models of flying machines called "ornithopters") and finally the invention of the airplane itself. Spare, full-bleed illustrations make a dramatic and attractive backdrop for this study of airborne creatures, both animal and human. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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As the opening title notes, man has been intrigued by flight and sought ways to imitate the birds and bees. The book goes back in time further than humankind goes and discusses the development of organisms that become flying insects, dinosaurs up to the recognizable birds and bats of today. Early legends tell of man's attempts to get off the ground and into the air, but the first controlled flight did not take place until 1903 with the Wright Brothers. From here on, flight and the development of airplanes seemed to progress at Mach1. Records were made and broken for height, speed and mode—from balloons to airplanes and helicopter and then back to balloons. The final page shows what the future may hold—double-decker aircraft, hyper-soars that can travel around the world in 2 hours and space planes. It is all well illustrated and presented in digestible bits. For kids interested in flight this is a useful resource and even though presented in a picture book format it will appeal to older readers rather than the younger ones suggested by the publisher. There is an excellent bibliography and list of books for young readers as well as appropriate web sites. The closing endnote by Kathryn Sullivan, a former NASA Astronaut, tells of her dream to fly and encourages kids to follow their dreams. 2003, National Geographic,
— Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792251200
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.08 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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