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Into the air : an illustrated timeline of flight
Hunter, Ryan Ann.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Provides an illustrated chronology of flight, from prehistoric insects to future spacecraft.
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Central Library TL547 .H814 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Kenmore Library TL547 .H814 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library TL547 .H814 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library TL547 .H814 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Into the Air traces flight from the era of prehistoric flying creatures to the future of aviation.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. Hunter begins this highly illustrated history of flight not with hot-air balloons but with insects such as giant dragonflies that lived more than 300 million years ago. Following the natural history of flying through reptiles, birds, and mammals, people enter the story with kites, homemade wings, balloons, gliders, dirigibles, and airplanes. The second half of the book illustrates the push to take planes higher, faster, and farther, tracing a century of flight before looking into the future. Nascimbene's beautiful paintings stretch across double-page spreads, with a few small, captioned illustrations superimposed in cartoon-style boxes. The subtlety of color and the expressiveness in figure drawing lift the artwork above the norm for illustrated nonfiction. Lists of sources, recommended books, and Internet sites are appended. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Offering a brief line of text and several sidebars per spread, Into the Air: An Illustrated Timeline of Flight by Ryan Ann Hunter, illus. by Yan Nascimbene, charts the development of flight from "giant dragonflies [that] zigzagged through steamy swamps above the heads of lumbering reptiles" (a sidebar shows one from 325 million years ago with a two-foot wingspan) to early balloons and gliders (another sidebar depicts Leonardo da Vinci's models of flying machines called "ornithopters") and finally the invention of the airplane itself. Spare, full-bleed illustrations make a dramatic and attractive backdrop for this study of airborne creatures, both animal and human. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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