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The Glorious Flight

The Glorious Flight

Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909


The Glorious Flight

About the Book

Winner of the Caldecott Medal, this stunningly illustrated book depicts Louis Bleriot's historic first cross-Channel flight.

“Factually accurate, yes-but also a witty pictorial reincarnation of Bleriot’s first experience of an airship”--Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

On sale: August 1, 1987
Age: 5-8 years
Grade: Grades K-3
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9780140507294
Reading level: Lexile: 630L | Fountas/Pinnell: O

Author Bio

Alice Provensen and Martin Provensen were an American couple who illustrated more than 40 children's books together, 19 of which they also wrote and edited. They won the Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Flight.


"Factually accurate, yes-but also a witty pictorial reincarnation of Bleriot's first experience of an airship . . . There's dash, style, and economy here in both text and pictures."--Kirkus Reviews

"Fact is turned into magic."--The New York Times Book Review

"This book...recounts the persistence of a Frenchman, Louis Bleriot, to build a flying machine to cross the English Channel.... The text is succinct, caption-like in its directness and brevity . . . The paintings...add the necessary texture and tone to this marriage. This is vintage Provensen"--School Library Journal