Skywriting

Skywriting

Poems to Fly

Book - 2010
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Ever since people have walked, they have dreamed of flying. Prepare to soar in this poetic celebration of dizzying heights and human innovation.

Baker & Taylor
Poems celebrate human efforts to fly, not all of them successful, from the myth of Icarus through the Montgolfiers' balloon and the Wright Brothers' first plane to the space shuttle Columbia, accompanied by information about each aircraft.

Publisher: Mankato, MN : Creative Editions, 2010
ISBN: 9781568462035
1568462034
Characteristics: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Kubinyi, Laszlo 1937-- Illustrator

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jun 01, 2013

The best books of collected poems on a single topic mix it up a little. They show faults and flaws along with accomplishments and successes. If everyone’s a winner then what have you really won? Even the methods of flight in this book that were successful retired after serving their time. There’s a strange poignancy then to Lewis’s choices. Kids will come away from this book believing that there will always be new ways to launch themselves into the sky. They just better be prepared to find a way to land as well.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jun 01, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jun 01, 2013

Thirteen poems trace thirteen attempts at making it to the sky. Some were successful, as with the Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon. Some were utter failures, like the multiplane of the Marquis d’Equeville. Some you’ve undoubtedly heard of, like the zeppelin. Others, like the kooky Piaseckivz-8P Airgeep or the French Equestrian Balloon are a little more obscure. And some, when all is said and done, never even left the minds of their creators (as with the beautiful Minerva that graces the cover of this book). The desire to lift oneself up unto the heavens above inspires both genius and madness in flight’s inventors. Tragedy and triumph too. Backmatter includes Endnotes and a Timeline.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Jun 01, 2013

“metal Darth Vader / impersonator” - used to describe a sleek metal fighter jet

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