Fly!: A Brief History of Flight Illustrated (Willa Perlman Books)

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Highlights sixteen episodes in the development of aviation ranging from balloons to the space shuttle. Also includes a time line and historical notes.

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For renowned illustrator Moser, this picture book is an "excuse to make pictures of airplanes again." The subjects of 16 large paintings include the planes of famous aviators (Lindbergh, Earhart) and significant aircrafts (the first jet), and range from the Mongolfier brothers' balloon of 1783 to today's space shuttle. A brief text accompanies each of the pictures, and a time line runs across the bottom of each page, putting the aeronautical achievements into historical perspective. As a beautiful, avowedly nostalgic album of Moser's favorite planes, this picture book soars. As nonfiction, it stalls. Located in the last third of the book and accompanied by 24 smaller paintings, extensive historical notes highlight the significance of the main text's entries, but lack needed facts. For example, while the Navy's SBD-3 sparks the comment that the Battle of the Coral Sea had "grave and profound ramifications" for naval aviation, these consequences are never elaborated upon. Similarly, "the mathematical principles of flight--lift, drag, and thrust" are mentioned but not explained. Aviation enthusiasts, child and adult, will doubtless enjoy looking at the realistic watercolors and browsing through the historical snippets, but more useful information can be found in such books as the Eyewitness Flying Machine . Ages 6-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-6. This nicely designed book melds Moser's lifelong interest in planes with his love of art. In a series of 16 attractive double-page spreads, which begins with a depiction of the Montgolfiers' balloon and its crew of animal aeronauts, Moser uses words and watercolors to capture milestones in aviation history. The impressive paintings are evocative rather than intricately detailed, but they show the beauty and variety of the aircraft--from George Cayley's three-winged glider to Sputnik I and the space shuttle Atlantis. A time-line, concluding with 1992, puts the achievements described into historical context. Moser's text, though brief, contains enough to pique curiosity, and his pictures are certain to attract browsers. His notes, written for an older reader than his main text, are a lively elaboration of the history presented in each spread. Kids as old as junior-high age will find this section of interest, and the bibliography, containing a number of adult books, provides follow-up material for a variety of readers. Stephanie Zvirin

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