• Title: Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot
  • Author: Matthew Clark Smith Matt Tavares
  • ISBN: 9780763677329
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lighter Than Air Sophie Blanchard the First Woman Pilot 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 extraordin
    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 nTake 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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    1. Nothing on Earth captures the imagination quite like taking to the sky in a hot air balloon. Lighter than Air is a picture book biography about Sophie Blanchard, the first woman pilot. Blanchard guided hot air balloons all over 18th Century France. Author Matthew Clark Smith provides a narrative that contextualizes the French attitudes of the period, especially regarding the role of women in that society, and how Sophie Blanchard first challenges those expectations, then becomes an exception to [...]

    2. Tells of Sophie Armant who dreams of flying. When she meets Jean-Pierre Blanchard, the hot air balloonist, she tells him she belongs in a balloon. At first, he laughs but he quickly realizes she is serious. They marry and he takes her up in balloons. After Jean-Pierre died from injuries sustained when he fell from a balloon, Sophie was heartbroken. But she soon took to the skies again and became a talented, famous balloonist. Napoleon named her Aeronaut of the Official Festivals and Chief Air Mi [...]

    3. I knew nothing about Sophie Blanchard and her hot air ballooning back in the early times of that sport. I had only heard of the men. I love how many biographies are coming out for us to offer to our students proving that there are those who broke barriers in so many fields and there are aspirations any one of us can have to reach a level of expertise in our desired vocation. This story is fun as the traditions and norms of the times will be interesting and likely great discussion points for toda [...]

    4. Smith or Tavares did not win any awards for this beautifully written and illustrated story about the first women pilot in the 1800s. Sophie Blanchard was only a teenager when man first took to the sky in "floating bags in the sky"- also known as hot air balloons. The illustrations compliment the text with aerial views to show the audience exactly what Sophie would have seen. Sophie's husband, Jean-Pierre was instrumental in her ability to ride in the balloons; Sophie and her husband would fly up [...]

    5. Little is known about the early life of Sophie Blanchard. In this picture book biography we learn that shortly after attending a balloon show featuring the daredevil balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard, they were married. After flying only twice with her husband, she took to the air on her own and never looked back, even after his death, accomplishing over 60 solo flights. Blanchard is the first female pilot in history and the first woman to die in an air accident, although this book doesn't dwell [...]

    6. Beautiful ink and watercolor illustrations, with emphasis on the sky (bright and blue or dark and stormy depending on the mood of the subject), tell the story of Sophie Blanchard, who lived in 18th century France, married a balloonist and after his death went on to be a successful solo woman balloonist, giving exhibitions until dying in a balloon crash. She loved to fly and was willing to circumvent the conventions of her time. Includes tiny bibliography but has a couple of unsourced dialogue qu [...]

    7. Pioneers of flight amaze me. I just can't imagine being one of the firsts to go up in a hot air balloon, glider, or plane (I still would never fly in a hot air balloon or anything other than a plane). Seeing the illustration of Sophie Blanchard in "little more than a hanging chair" gives me heart palpitations! I enjoyed learning more about Blanchard, and I always enjoy Matt Tavares's illustrations.

    8. Nonfiction story, very wordy. Sort of inspirational. Would recommend for older children. So very not for storytime, but worth a read. This one was featured on Readbrightly's 17 Picture Books of 2017.

    9. Sophie Blanchard was a very daring women. She made a career out of flying hot air balloons. This telling of her story was not my favorite as it put many kids to sleep but it's an important story that should be told.

    10. I really enjoyed this one! The illustrations were fun and the text was very informative. I thought that the author's message of this mighty woman echoed throughout each page of the text. Great for a read aloud or a child fascinated with things that go in the air!

    11. Brings another pioneering aviator to light for kids. Would be interesting to pair with A Voyage in the Clouds or Talking About Bessie. Matt Tavares' illustrations are stunning on several two-page spreads of Sophie and the sky.

    12. I recently read A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 about one of Blanchard and Jeffries's balloon adventures mentioned in this book, but I didn't know about Jean-Pierre's wife, Sophie Blanchard. I'm glad to know a little more about the story. This title has a more serious tone than Voyage in the Clouds, but inspirational too. They would make a great pair to read together.

    13. Love the perspective of the illustrations in this one Don't forget to read the author's and illustrator's notes at the end of the book.

    14. A beautiful picture book about Sophie Blanchard- the first woman who flew hot air balloons. loved it

    15. Great, easy-to-read biography of Sophie Blanchard, the first woman balloonist. I'm in awe of her.

    16. Story of first woman balloon pilot and her passionate desire to fly. Lovely illustrations with an elegant period feel. Author and illustrator's notes are interesting and add the sad information about Blanchard's tragic death.

    17. The story of the first woman pilot. Tavares's illustrations always elevate any book he helps to create.

    18. Coming soon, a book to highlight for Women's History Month. Great details about this pioneering hot air balloonist. Matt Tavares use of color is simply gorgeous is this book.

    19. I liked this book; I think it's meant for 3rd grade and up tho. The arc was sent to me for consideration of a younger age group.

    20. "After flying twice with her husband, in 1805 Sophie decided to go up along. No woman had attempted it before. When news got out, there was quite a stir. People clucked their disapproval, as people do." PQuoted from the f&g.

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