Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont

The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont
Victoria Griffith
Illustrated by Eva Montanari

Recently I have moved from Dayton OH, home of the Wright Brothers and all things aeronautic. I vaguely remember hearing about a Brazilian born Alberto Santos-Dumont and his self propelled airplane in my early schooling years, but not enough to be able to realize his accomplishments in history.
This beautifully illustrated picture books shows Dumont in his dirigible ‘floating over Paris’ , the town of his adult years. The illustrations show movement from looking out of the dirigible, unique I thought as though we ourselves are flying.
The story shows Dumont and Bleriot , who was the first to fly across the English Channel, gearing up to take the first flight. Dumont being the gentleman allowed Bleriot to go first and after 3 attempts was not able to make it off the ground. Dumont then was the first pilot to life off and land completely after a 20 second flight. Great history with Dumont and Bleriot in the flying but also the author showed other inventors like Louis Cartier and the first wristwatch. Great educational way to learn more about this lesser famous pilot who very well could have been the first person to fly an airplane!
Thanks to Abrams Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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