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The Amazing Air Balloon (Phyllis Fogelman Books) [Hardcover]

By Jean Van Leeuwen (Author)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.28" Width: 9.04" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2003
Publisher   Dial
ISBN  0803722583  
EAN  9780803722583  
UPC  050553016997  

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Item Description...
Long before the Wright brothers made their famous flight, a young boy from Baltimore became the first person ever to travel by air-in a hot-air balloon. One of the most exciting ways to fly, the air balloon was invented in 1783, although it would take another ten years before a balloon was built that was ready to carry human passengers. Aviation aficionados and indeed all readers will be fascinated by this time before airplanes when an ordinary boy experienced what seemed like an impossible dream-to fly.

Jean Van Leeuwen turns this remarkable story into a captivating read and also includes a detailed historical note, while Marco Ventura's lovely oil paintings perfectly evoke eighteenth-century Colonial America.

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More About Jean Van Leeuwen

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jean Van Leeuwen is the author of more than fifty children's books, including picture books, Easy-to-Read books, and middle-grade fiction. She has won numerous awards, among them the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, the Massachusetts Honor Book Award, and the Washington Irving Children's Choice Award, as well as many ALA Notable Book citations.
Her own two children were the inspiration for the Oliver and Amanda Pig stories, as well as several others, includingDear Mom, You're Ruining My Life. Many of her other books have grown out of her long-time interest in American history. Her historical picture books includeGoing West, which was cited as an IRA Teachers' Choice andAcross the Wide Dark Sea, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." She has written historical fiction for older readers as well. HerBound for Oregonwas a Child Study Association Book of the Year, andCabin on Trouble Creekwas nominated for children's Choice awards in eight states.
Ms. Van Leeuwen now lives in another small town north of New York City with her husband, Bruce Gavril. She has two grown children, David and Elizabeth, and a young grandchild, who will surely inspire more stories."

Jean Van Leeuwen currently resides in Chappaqua, in the state of New York.

Jean Van Leeuwen has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Oliver & Amanda Pig Books
  2. Puffin Easy-To-Read
  3. Puffin Easy-To-Read - Level 2 (Paperback)

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I would have given it five stars, but the grammar lessened its appeal.   Mar 12, 2008
This is a wonderful fictional tale based on historical facts about the first American, a thirteen year old boy, to go up in a balloon with actual copies of newspaper clippings. One article was written by Benjamin Franklin!

The story is well done and the history well researched, including some quotes by men in our history, but here is an example of the grammar (these are the beginning of the paragraphs):

"We will see, gentlemen," he said. And he built another balloon.

But that could not be. I was bound to earth. Bound to the hard labor of a blacksmith's apprentice until I was twenty-one....

Only a few days remained before the exhibition. Mr. Carnes planned one last test flight. And this time, everyone said, he would go up with it.

But the hoop that surrounded the balloon was broken.

More than anything, I longed to go to Baltimore for his exhibition. But that was thirty miles away. And I was not free to go....

I am truly surprised and saddened that reviewers overlook the grammar! From my experience, children reading stories written with poor grammar will learn to write with poor grammar.
Inspirational and historical  Jul 7, 2005
The Amazing Air Balloon is a fictional story based on true events. The book tells the story of Edward Warren, a 13-year-old boy who was the first person in America to ride in a hot air balloon. The story is told from Edward's perspective, focusing on his life as an orphan and blacksmith's apprentice, and his dream to fly. Peter Carnes, a tavern proprietor, had built many air balloons and sent them up for test flights, but he had not built up the courage to try flying in one himself. He planned to exhibit the balloon in Baltimore on June 24, 1784, but when the day came, he feared that the balloon would not hold his weight. Edward volunteered and made history. The book contains an author's note describing the hot air balloon craze that began soon after the American Revolution. The author also explains that all that is known about Edward is his name and age, and that she had to imagine the rest of the details of the story.

I would recommend this book for ages 6 through 9. Children in this age group are beginning to develop expanding interests and will enjoy learning the story of hot air balloons. They are also beginning to develop independence, and will be inspired by the initiative and heroism shown by Edward. This book will also give children developing an understanding of time concepts a feeling of what life was like in 18th Century America. I would use this book in a school setting with students learning about this time period. It would also be appropriate to use with children studying aviation history. The oil paintings in the book highlight the events in the book as they occur. The realistic paintings of the characters and land accurately reflect the setting. In addition, the book's endpapers feature two newspaper articles written in 1874 about the actual events.
A remarkable and true story about aviation history  Apr 20, 2003
The Amazing Air Balloon by Jean Van Leeuwen is a remarkable and true story about aviation history set back in 1784 colonial America, when for the first time a hot air balloon was flown with a human passenger, -- who happened to be a thirteen-year-old boy. Evocative oil paintings by Marco Ventura showcase the narration to mark The Amazing Air Balloon as a truly wonderful picture book account of ambition and dreams come true.

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