Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot

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Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot
Written by Matthew Clark Smith
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781536205541
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Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot

author: Matthew Clark Smith
illustrator: Matt Tavares

series name:
Candlewick Biographies

Take to the skies with the story of Sophie Blanchard, an extraordinary woman who is largely forgotten despite her claim to being the very first female pilot in history. In eighteenth-century France, “balloonomania” has fiercely gripped the nation . . . but all of the pioneering aeronauts are men until a shy girl comes along, devoted to her dream of flight. Sophie is not the first woman to ascend in a balloon, nor the first woman to accompany an aeronaut on a trip, but she will become the first woman to climb to the clouds and steer her own course.

“Smith tells Sophie’s inspiring story with a buoyant sense of wonder, fitting for a woman who was happiest in the air. Her accomplishments and passion for flight are brought beautifully to life by Tavares.” — Booklist (starred review)
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1536205540 /  9781536205541
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Early Readers / Hardback
age range:
6 yrs - 9 yrs
# of pages/size:
40 / 6" x 9"
grade range:
Grade 1 - Grade 4
Science & Nature; Transportation; Biography & Autobiography;
author’s comments:
Matthew Clark Smith has a master’s degree in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Jackson, Mississippi.
illustrator’s comments:
Matt Tavares has written and illustrated many books for children, including Crossing Niagara, Zachary's Ball, Oliver's Game, Mudball, Henry Aaron's Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, Becoming Babe Ruth, Growing Up Pedro, and Red . He is also the illustrator of Alicia Potter’s Jubilee!, Doreen Rappaport’s Lady Liberty, and Kristin Kladstrup’s The Gingerbread Pirates. He lives in Ogunquit, Maine.
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