The stories of the world's greatest aviation pioneers. From young Amelia Earhart and her heroic journey to obtain her pilot's license to Douglas Barder, who bravely answered Winston Churchill's call and fought in several aerial battles during World War II, this thrilling book for middle readers educates about the plights and successes facing early aviators. Nearly two dozen stories bring out the pilot in readers of all ages and inspire them to dream of the skies.
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"Philip Handleman has written a book that will be treasured by young people and adults alike. No one reading A Dream of Pilots will ever look at an airplane or a spacecraft or the men and women who fly, maintain, and create them the way they did before reading this wonderful book."
--Dr. Richard P. Hallion, Verville Fellow, Smithsonian Institution
"A superb storyteller, Philip Handleman reveals his inveterate love of aviation in this wonderfully human portrait of the heroes of flight. His thoughtful insight combines with Craig Kodera's magnificent drawings to create an invaluable book for children--and a refresher course for adults. Every parent and every library must have this book!"
--Walter J. Boyne, author/historian and former director of the National Air and Space Museum
In this celebration of humankind's ascent into the skies, readers embark on an incredible journey through the history of modern aviation, from a time when planes were only a dream to the daring aerial stunts of Roscoe Turner, who clocked an average speed of 283.4 miles per hour in the air, setting a new speed record for his generation. From Wilbur and Orville's shaky first flights at Kitty Hawk to the inspirational resolve of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license, this work remembers the lives and innovations of the men and women who have commanded the skies throughout history.From the Inside Flap:
Airplanes, rocket ships, helicopters, fighter jets, and cub planes are only a few of the many inventions demonstrating humankind's fascination with touching the skies. This inspiring chronicle of the lives of the great aviators introduces children of all ages to the magnificent feats of history's most incredible pilots, inventors, aces, and commanders.
No one in Owen Sound, Ontario, thought that rebel Billy Bishop would become a pilot, but during World War I, he became an ace fighter known as the "Blue-Nosed Devil." In the early 1900s, Amelia Earhart led the way for female pilots across the globe as she flew across the Atlantic and helped to found the Ninety-Nines, the first national organization for women aviators.
Author Philip Handleman recounts the stories of now-famous pilots such as Charles Lindbergh as well as lesser-known aircraft designers like Donald Douglas, who reinvented the Wright brothers' legacy. Middle readers learn about the heroics, the daring adventures, and the achievements of dozens of pilots and discover the wonder of the skies above.
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Book Description Pelican Publishing, 2009. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111589805704
Book Description Pelican Publishing Company, Gretna, Louisiana, U.S.A., 2009. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Kodera, Craig (illustrator). First Edition. 126 pages, index, black & white illustration of each pilot. Presenting the lives of more than twenty aviation luminaries from throughout history, this middle reader is a captivating celebration of manís aspirations for the skies. From the story of the Wright brothers to that of Alan Shepard, Jr., the author, himself an experienced pilot, introduces young readers to the history of modern flight and the inspiring figures who followed their dreams to navigate over vast oceans, set altitude and speed records, pioneer stunt techniques, and eventually rocket into the great abyss of space. Bookseller Inventory # 336698