The Twenty-One Balloons

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Relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman, who in 1883 set off in a balloon across the Pacific, survived the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and was picked up in the Atlantic.

Tells what happens to a bored old mathematician when he takes a trip across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

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Overview

Relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman, who in 1883 set off in a balloon across the Pacific, survived the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and was picked up in the Atlantic.

Tells what happens to a bored old mathematician when he takes a trip across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
This Newbery Medal winner was written in 1947 and definitely has the look and feel of another era. Professor Sherman wants to retire from teaching math and travel by balloon for a whole year. His balloon, the Globe, rose quickly and is carried from San Francisco out over the ocean. Sea gulls fighting over food on the top of his balloon punctured it, and Professor Sherman plummets to the legendary island of Krakatoa. How he ended in the Atlantic in a 20-balloon contraption after Krakatoa exploded is what kept a nation transfixed until he could tell his story-but only to the Western American Explorers Club. Numerous drawings by the author accompany the story to help kids visualize the wide range of exotic inventions that are an integral part of life on Krakatoa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812422894
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/1986
  • Pages: 179
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I Professor Sherman's Incredible Loyalty 9
II A Hero's Welcome Is Prepared 19
III A Description of the Globe 35
IV The Unwelcome Passenger 47
V A New Citizen of Krakatoa 61
VI The Gourmet Government 77
VII The Moroccan House of Marvels 95
VIII Airy-Go-Round 113
IX Concerning the Giant Balloon Life Raft 135
X What Goes Up Must Come Down 155
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