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Hot Air: The (Mostly) True story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride
Marjorie Priceman
Non-fiction and fiction picture book
Ages 4 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2005, 0-689-82642-7
  It is a perfect day in September in 1783 and the Montgolfier brothers are going to launch their newest balloon. The event is going to be held in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles and no less that the king and queen of France are going to watch the launching. Of course lots of other people will be there and it is a great honor and all that but "enough about that."
  This story is mostly about the three passengers who rode in that balloon. Three wordless passengers who bravely went up into the wide blue yonder and who made it back to earth safe and sound.
  This laugh-out-loud tale is based on the real hot-air balloon ride that a duck, a sheep and a rooster took in 1783. These three animals made the first manned flight in a hot-air balloon and though we don't of course, know what their journey was like because they were not able to tell us about it, Marjorie Priceman beautifully and hilariously imagines what might have happened to the intrepid travellers. In the back cover of the book the author includes a fascinating history of the Montgolfier Balloons and the famous journeys that they made. Bright action packed illustrations give the reader a picture not only of this famous balloon event as seen from the ground but they also show the reader what the view might have been like as seen from above through the eyes of a famous duck, sheep, and rooster. Wordless pages show their hilarious adventures punctuated with frequent cock-a-doodle-doos, clucks, baaaas, and quacks.

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