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Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride

by Marjorie Priceman

Published by An Anne Swartz Book / Atheneum, 2005
32 pages
ISBN: 0-689-82642-7

Ages 5-8

The first hot air balloon ride took place on September 19, 1783, launched from the palace of Versailles in France. There were three passengers in the balloon’s basket: a duck, a sheep, and a rooster. Those are the only facts you can believe in this fanciful picture book that illustrates what might have happened on their eight-minute, two-mile journey as Marjorie Priceman’s imagination takes off right along with the barnyard passengers of that historic event. Panels and pictures on each two-page spread show the wide and sometimes wild-eyed animals as the trio is alternately delighted by the experience and besieged by a series of mishaps involving windblown laundry, divebombing birds, and other unexpected hazards. Priceman’s use of facial expressions and varied perspectives are delightful as her trio ascends—and descends—its way into history.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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