Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot
Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot

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Annotation: Presents the biography of pioneering nineteenth-century French aeronaut Sophie Blanchard, the first woman to make her living as a professional balloonist.
Catalog Number: #138209
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7636-7732-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97087-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7636-7732-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97087-8
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2017931493
Dimensions: 30 cm.
Genre: Biographies
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review ALA Booklist (Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 CST 2017)
Horn Book (Tue Aug 01 00:00:00 CDT 2017)
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 CST 2017)
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,070
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 188184 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.2 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q70683
Lexile: 790L
Guided Reading Level: P
Fountas & Pinnell: P

Take to the skies with the beautifully told tale of Sophie Blanchard — a woman meant for the air — as she discovers the incomparable sensation of flight.

Behold 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. The job of shattering that myth falls to a most unlikely figure: a shy girl from a seaside village, entirely 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. The words of Matthew Clark Smith bring Sophie’s story to light after so many years, while Matt Tavares’s atmospheric art and unique perspectives take her to new heights.


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