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Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Rideby Pam Munoz Ryan
Synopses & Reviews
While the Wright Brothers were gliding over Kitty Hawk, the charming Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont was making his own mark on the history of flight.
Alberto loved floating over Paris in his personal flying machine called a dirigible. He would tie it to a post, climb down, and spend the day shopping or meeting friends for coffee. But he wanted to make his invention even better. By 1906, Alberto had transformed his balloon into a box with wings! But now there was competition. Another inventor challenged Alberto to see who would be the first in flight. Albertoand#8217;s hard work paid off, and his airplane successfully soared into the air, making him the first pilot to lift off and land a completely self-propelled plane.
The book includes an authorand#8217;s note about Santos-Dumont, a bibliography, an index, and photographs of his flying machines.
Praise for Fabulous Flyingand#160;Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont
and#8220;At the turn of the last century, all sorts of ambitious and eccentric men were competing furiously to get the first airplane into the sky. One of the most famous of these was a dashing Brazilian who lived in Paris and, to wide admiration, did his errands by airship. Victoria Griffith tells his storyand#8230;which is illustrated with panache in rich, smudgy oils and pastels by Italian artist Eva Montanari.and#8221; and#8211;Wall Street Journal
"An excellent read-aloud, this picture book is a must when studying the history of flight and can be used as a resource for research, a book for all your reading needs!" -Library Media Connection
and#8220;Montanariand#8217;s chalky illustrations are distinguished by a strong sense of motion, and the storyand#8217;s suspense (rival pilots! harrowing landings!) and surprise cameos (Louis Cartier!) make this an elegant tribute to a hero of early aviation.and#8221; and#8211;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;Strong vertical trim and layout, which one would expect to exploit sweeping skyscapes, are instead cleverly deployed to put viewers among the earthbound spectators, most often glimpsing the aviator in the distance. A bibliography and brief index round out the title, which will be a first choice for aviation enthusiasts.and#8221; and#8211;The Bulletin of the Center for Childrenand#8217;s Books
"A generous spirit and penchant for grand gestures make him [Santos-Dumont] all the more worth knowingand#8212;particularly for American audiences unaware that there is any question about who was the first to fly. and#8211;Kirkus Reviews
and#8220;Montanari captures the look, dress, and formality of the era in her splendid, impressionistic pastel, chalk, and oil paintings. The endnotes add details and facts about the life of this charismatic, adventurous man and mark his place in aviation history.and#8221; and#8211;School Library Journal
and#8220;Even if youand#8217;ve never heard of Santos-Dumont, youand#8217;ll be delighted to meet this real-life historical figure in Victoria Griffithand#8217;s vivid debut picture book. This fine picture book resurrects his story in lively prose and large-scale illustrations rendered in pastels, chalks, oil pastels and oil paint, perfectly capturing the drama of the events. The fuzzy lines lend a feeling of history to the illustrations, and gestures and humorous touches, such as a dog holding the dirigibleand#8217;s tether or Alberto racing horse-drawn carriages, make Alberto Santos-Dumont and his times come alive.and#8221; and#8211;BookPage
AMELIA EARHART AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT WERE BIRDS OF A FEATHER.
Not only were they two of the most admired and respected women of all time, they were also good friends. Illuminated here for the first time in picture book form is the true story of a thrilling night when they made history together.
On a brisk and cloudless evening in April 1933, Amelia and Eleanor did the unprecedented: They stole away from a White House dinner, commandeered an Eastern Air Transport plane, and took off on a glorious adventure — while still dressed in their glamorous evening gowns!
This picture book tour de force celebrates the pioneering spirit of two friends whose passion for life gave them the courage to defy convention in the name of fulfillment, conviction, and fun. Soaring text, inspired by the known facts of this event, and breathtaking drawings ask readers to dream dreams as big as Amelia's and Eleanor's.
A fictionalized account of a true event--the night Amelia Earhart flew Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C., in an airplane. Three-color illustrations.
About the Author
Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.
In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isnt traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.
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