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Book Title: The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909|
The author of the book: Alice Provensen
Edition: Puffin Books
Date of issue: August 1st 1987
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Reader ratings: 5.4
ISBN 13: 9780140507294
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 485 KB
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Now with regard to The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel With Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909, I actually did end up enjoying Martin Provensen's Caldecott Medal winning illustrations much more than I originally thought I would (as they are most certainly very much detailed and descriptive, although I would still not ever really label them as personal favourites by any stretch of the imagination, for they do tend to feel rather annoyingly stagnant and lifeless, emotionless even, with a colour scheme which as my friend Cheryl has already pointed out, is much too drab and thus a bit too muted for my own personal tastes).
However, my perhaps a bit grudging but still ever-present appreciation of the illustrations notwithstanding, and while I did and do much enjoy the information (and the storyline) presented by Alice Provensen's narrative, on a purely personal and emotional level, I absolutely and yes even angrily find the entire attitude of the father (of Louis Bleriot) exceedingly irresponsible, troublesome and yes annoying (and I guess, the attitude of the author as well by simple extension, as The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel With Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909 certainly is almost entirely positive and laudatory with regard to Louis Bleriot and his many rather dangerous flight attempts). Because let's face it, there truly seems to be scant thought as to how Papa's flights and their inherent risks might, could affect the family (and with such a large family, if Papa had been seriously injured or killed, Mama would have likely faced some major, serious obstacles, not to mention the sadness that accompanies these kinds of mishaps); there is this sense of "glorious" adventure and inventiveness, but Papa's often careless philosophy and his constant striving for flight fame do leave a strange and somewhat majorly bitter taste in my mouth. Also and furthermore, considering that this story is based on actual events, is basically non-fiction, detailed background material and suggestions for further reading would most definitely increase the teaching and learning value of The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel With Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909, which as it stands, really feels more than a bit factually incomplete (and the small bit of supplemental information at the end, while appreciated, is really just very barely adequate).
Still recommended, but definitely with some major personal reservations on my part!
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