Bruno Gibert A King Seen from the Sky

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A King Seen from the Sky

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This delightful book by award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Bruno Gibert is inspired by the true story of the first flight of living creatures in a handmade aircraft. On September 19, 1783, the Montgolfier brothers demonstrated their new invention, the hot-air balloon or montgolfière, at the Palace of Versailles before a large crowd, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Considered too dangerous for human passengers, the experimental vessel carried a sheep, a duck, and a hen in its basket. The balloon flew for about eight minutes, covered a distance of roughly two miles, and reached an altitude of more than 1,500 feet before landing safely. The animals’ balloon ride caused a sensation and the first human flight followed a few months later.
 
By the end of 1783, Louis XVI had ennobled the Montgolfier family in recognition of the brothers’ important achievements, which perhaps prompted a royal celebration for the animals like the one depicted in the book. In Gibert’s fantasy, the animals anger the king at the fete by describing him as “no bigger than the tiniest snail” when viewed from high above the ground, and Louis imprisons them in the Bastille. While the direct role of talking animals in the storming of the Bastille in 1789 can’t quite be supported by historical evidence, this book does vividly evoke the stirring developments in aeronautics that took place right around the time of the French Revolution. Ages five to seven.

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Bruno Gibert is a children’s book author and illustrator; he also writes novels for adults. His book Le Petit Gibert Illustré received the Prix Coup de Coeur du Salon de Montreuil in 2010.

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PreS-Gr 2-Translated from French, this book is inspired by the true account of the first flight of animals in a hot air balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers of France in 1783. Set at the Palace of Versailles, the story tells of the three farm animals who were sent into the sky as a demonstration for King Louis XVI. After the successful and miraculous flight, the animals are celebrated at court. Unfortunately for the heroes, when the vain king asks them what he looks like from such lofty heights, the reply is "Oh, Sire, you looked no larger than the nose of a rat-or even smaller, the eye of a mouse. Or maybe you were the size of a tiny snail!" So, the animals are sent off to the Bastille. Luckily, the revolution is at hand, and our animals friends are liberated, joining up with the revolution. The story ends with the three friends creating a patriotic airship of their own and sailing it over the independence day celebration in Paris. Vive la Révolution! VERDICT With its visually interesting illustrations, this book is a recommended purchase.-Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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