I’m posting this review in a hurry this afternoon because I really should be playing catch-up for my Bible in 90 Days challenge. I’m a few days behind, as is usual following a weekend, which explains my bloggy silence early most weeks. I meant to write up a brief review of The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Blériot by Martin and Alice Provensen last night, but by the time the girls and the DLM were in bed and asleep, respectively, I was ready to head that way myself (curled up with my trusty NIV, of course). I’m such a sucker for kids’ award books, though, that I just can’t help writing up another post for this month’s 5 Minutes for Books Children’s Classics Award Winners challenge. (I already linked up my review of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.)
We picked up this 1983 Caldecott Medal winner several weeks ago as a part of our homeschool-light summer studies. It’s a Five in a Row seletion, so there are an abundance of activities over at Homeschool Share to go along with this story. Honestly, I’m not sure I would’ve ever picked this one up if it hadn’t been a FIAR book–somehow, the artwork on the front doesn’t appeal to me, despite its Caldecott status. (Yes, I am judging a book by its cover here. 😉 ) However, once we got into it, I really began to appreciate this rather sparsely told story. As the titles indicates, it’s the story of Louis Blériot, one of the pioneers of flight and the first person to fly across the English Channel. The illustrations are dark-ish, but they are detailed enough (and sparse enough, too) so that kids can really discern the differences among the aircrafts he invented. (It was Blériot XI that finally made it across the Channel.) This is one my girls really liked and didn’t mind reading over and over again. What I liked most is that it really made my girls curious about the history of flight, an interest I don’t think I would’ve ever predicted.
A couple of weekends ago we made a trip to a town about 45 minutes away to shop at a teacher supply store. This store also carries a lot of books that are arranged by grade and topic, but I was just browsing in the bins when I came across Flying Ace: The Story of Amelia Earhart. I showed it to the girls because we had discussed some other pioneers of aviation after reading a few “go-along” titles for The Glorious Flight. Steady Eddie and I had told the girls they could pick out one thing to purchase at the store, and I fully expected both girls to pick out some kind of cutesy school supply, although in my heart I wanted each one of them to choose a book. Louise, age 4, surprised me by choosing Flying Ace! Obviously, the Provensens‘ succinct tale drew at least one of my girls in enough to make her want to know more about the subject, and so The Glorious Flight is definitely a winner in my book! 🙂
For more posts about award winning books, be sure to visit this month’s Children’s Classics Award Winners post at 5 Minutes for Books!