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Sky sailors : true stories of the balloon era

Author: David Bristow
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Bristow
ISBN: 9780374370145 0374370141
OCLC Number: 437186717
Awards: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2011
Description: 134 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The black moon: the first balloon flights (France, 1783) --
Queen of the night sky: Sophie and Jean-Piere 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, 1870-1871) --
The North Pole balloon: Salomon Andrees's expedition (Sweden and the Arctic Ocean, 1897) --
Parachute girl: Dolly Shepherd (United Kingdom, 1903-12).
Responsibility: David L. Bristow.
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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.

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A comprehensive history of the hot air balloon.

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2011-04-11) Excellent Permalink

This is a comprehensive history of the hot air balloon. It is an interesting collection of pictures and excellent information. It covers the time period beginning in the late 1700's, long before the first airplanes to the early 1900's. Students doing research on this time period will be interested...
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