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Author Bristow, David (David L.)
Title Sky sailors : true stories of the balloon era / David L. Bristow.
Pub Info New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010.
book jacket
 Brewster-Children's Coll.  J 910.4 BRI     AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Descript 134 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 24 cm.
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unmediated n rdamedia
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Audience 850L Lexile
Note Accelerated Reader MG 6.0 4 4 140521
Awards Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2011
Summary This volume traces the evolution of the balloon era, from 1783-1912, and examines the exploits of the men and women who flew in them, parachuted from them, and sometimes died in them.
For more than a century before airplanes, people explored the sky in balloons. From 1783 to the early 1900s, aeronauts flew into storms, crossed large bodies of water, sailed over enemy armies, and soared to deadly altitudes. Illustrated in full color with dramatic period artwork, here are the stories of the pioneers of human flight, such as daredevil Sophie Blanchard from Napoleon's France, and Solmon Andree, who lead an aerial assault on the North Pole in 1897. --from publisher description
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. [131]-134.
Contents The black moon: the first balloon flights (France, 1783) -- Queen of the night sky: Sophie and Jean-Pierre Blanchard (France, 1784-1819) -- Splashdown in Lake Erie: John Steiner (United States, 1857) -- The children are gone!: Martha and David Harvey (United States, 1858) -- The long voyage: the flight of the balloon Atlantic (United States, 1859) -- To the top of the sky: Coxwell and Glaisher's record altitude (United Kingdom, 1862) -- The siege of Paris: the balloon-and-pigeon post (France, 1870-71) -- The North Pole balloon: Salomon Andrée's expedition (Sweden and the Arctic Ocean, 1897) -- Parachute girl: Dolly Shepherd (United Kingdom, 1903-12).
Subject Balloonists -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Balloonists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Alt Title True stories of the balloon era
ISBN 9780374370145 (hbk.)
0374370141 (hbk.)
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