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A Dream of Flight
ISBN: 9780374306618
Author: Polivka, Jef/ Polivka, Rob/ Polivka, Rob (ILT)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Published: July 2019
Retail: $18.99    OUR PRICE: $12.15
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Binding Type: Hardcover

Ready? Set. Fly!

At the turn of the twentieth century, no aviation prize was more coveted in Europe than the Deutsch Prize. To win it, a pilot would have to fly a balloon from Paris’s Aero Club around the Eiffel Tower and back in thirty minutes or less. Who would be the first to succeed?

Alberto Santos-Dumont thought he could. His latest design, Airship No. 6, was perfected from the countless lessons he learned during previous crashes. On the morning of October 19, 1901, Santos was making good time in the race when disaster struck—his motor had sputtered to a stop mid-air! Would Santos make it to the finish line in time—let alone survive?

Debut nonfiction duo Rob and Jef Polivka offer a madcap adventure in this dynamic biography of Alberto Santos-Dumont, an inventor who risked everything for his dream of commercial flight. And sure enough, his successes and failures brought the world’s people closer together.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Transportation - Aviation
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology - Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2018035772
Lexile Measure: 830
Physical Information: 8.50" W
Bargain Category: Action & Adventure, Early Elementary, History, Picture Books
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Polivka, Rob: - Rob Polivka is an illustrator and cartoonist who lives in Plano, Texas, with his wife and their three children. He is the illustrator of Good Bless America: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin and co-author/illustrator of A Dream of Flight.Polivka, Jef: - Jef Polivka collaborates with his brother, Rob, from his home in Allen, Texas, where he lives with his wife and young son. A Dream of Flight is his first picture book.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2019 August #4)

The brothers Polivka join forces on this iterative picture book biography of aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, who grows up fascinated by machinery on his family's Brazilian coffee plantation. After heading to France to study science and becoming inspired by a hot air balloon ride over the City of Light, Santos painstakingly designs a series of motorized airships. He perseveres through multiple failures and in 1901 wins the coveted Deutsch Prize—100,000 francs—for piloting across town, around the Eiffel Tower, and back in 30 minutes, demonstrating sustained controlled flight. Rob Polivka's lively illustration style, reminiscent of Hergé's, offers an animated sense of adventure; one spread, sure to interest the engineering minded, features the first five attempted airships. Back matter includes a timeline that contextualizes the subject's accomplishments alongside other turn-of-the-century aviation milestones. Ages 4–8. (July)

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