The author describes her experiences with hot air ballooning as passenger and ground-crew member and depicts the sport from flight preparation to dismantling.
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Grade 2-4-An introduction to the art and history of ballooning. Readers learn the steps necessary for a successful launch; participate in a competition at a rally in Hastings, Minnesota; experience a safe landing; and observe the dismantling process. The colorful photographs extend the text and provide an intimate glimpse of balloon enthusiasts (children included) at work and at play. Aerial shots give a fresh perspective. Integrated with the descriptive text are facts about the Montgolfier brothers, who in the 1700s designed the first hot air balloon. Words found in the glossary are highlighted in the text. The book's format lends itself well to lap reading, reading aloud, or browsing. Children should find the narrative interesting and the photos intriguing. A good choice for libraries that want to give their nonfiction collections a lift.
Cassie Whetstone, Keyser High School, WV
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Gr. 3-5. It's up, up, and away in this great introduction to hot air ballooning. Writing in the first person, Bellville takes children along as she experiences her first balloon journey at a rally in Minnesota. Along the way, she supplies information about everything from the first hot air balloon ride in France more than 200 years ago to the different methods used to inflate balloons before propane became the gas of choice. In the last third of the book, Bellville becomes part of a balloon chase crew. Bold, clear photographs show the setup and dismantling of a balloon and what the landscape looks like from above. A glossary (words in the glossary appear in boldface in the text) and a labeled drawing of a balloon, located at the end of the book, will help clear up any questions readers may have. Christie Sylvester
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Book Description Carolrhoda Books, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110876147503
Book Description Carolrhoda Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0876147503 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1413905
Book Description Carolrhoda Books, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0876147503