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The Resource A dream of flight : Alberto Santos-Dumont's race around the Eiffel Tower, Rob Polivka and Jef Polivka ; illustrations by Rob Polivka

A dream of flight : Alberto Santos-Dumont's race around the Eiffel Tower, Rob Polivka and Jef Polivka ; illustrations by Rob Polivka

Label
A dream of flight : Alberto Santos-Dumont's race around the Eiffel Tower
Title
A dream of flight
Title remainder
Alberto Santos-Dumont's race around the Eiffel Tower
Statement of responsibility
Rob Polivka and Jef Polivka ; illustrations by Rob Polivka
Title variation
Dream of flight
Title variation remainder
Alberto Santos-Dumont's airship inventions and race around the Eiffel Tower
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A picture-book "biography of inventor and daredevil airman Alberto Santos-Dumont"--Provided by publisher
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Review
  • The brothers Polivka join forces on this iterative picture book biography of aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, who grows up fascinated by machinery on his family’s Brazilian coffee plantation. After heading to France to study science and becoming inspired by a hot air balloon ride over the City of Light, Santos painstakingly designs a series of motorized airships. He perseveres through multiple failures and in 1901 wins the coveted Deutsch Prize—100,000 francs—for piloting across town, around the Eiffel Tower, and back in 30 minutes, demonstrating sustained controlled flight. Rob Polivka’s lively illustration style, reminiscent of Hergé’s, offers an animated sense of adventure; one spread, sure to interest the engineering minded, features the first five attempted airships. Back matter includes a timeline that contextualizes the subject’s accomplishments alongside other turn-of-the-century aviation milestones. Ages 4–8. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/26/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 34, p)
  • An account of how Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont won the prestigious Deutsch Prize at the turn of the 20th century. Alberto Santos-Dumont grew up in Brazil, the son of a coffee-plantation owner. As a boy, he "dreamed that one day, he would fly," and added to this dream was a fascination with machinery. As a young man and going by Santos, he left for France to study science. There, inspired by his first hot air balloon flight, Santos dedicated his life to designing an airship that would be propelled by its own power. Author/illustrator Rob Polivka—whose style is somewhat reminiscent of Belgian cartoonist Hergé's—provides sketches of the various prototypes as well as scenes of the different flight attempts—illustrating them with a touch of humor—and of Santos' much admired and written-about life in Paris. When the 100,000-franc Deutsch Prize was announced, challenging members of Paris' Aero Club to fly from the club to the Eiffel Tower and back (a distance of a little over 7 miles) in 30 minutes, Santos was ready for the challenge. On Oct. 19, 1901, Santos won and so "played his part in the world's dream of flight." Although well-known in Brazil and in France, Santos is largely unfamiliar to American audiences, particularly children, making this a good complement to other picture books. Santos is depicted with black hair and olive skin; Paris crowd scenes include a few people of color. An engaging book about a larger-than-life character. (author's note, bibliography, fun facts, and a timeline of aeronautics invention) (Picture book/biography. 5-9) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2019)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10798519
Cataloging source
PSt/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polivka, Rob
Dewey number
  • 629.13092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Age 4-8
LC call number
TL540.S25
LC item number
P65 2019
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Polivka-Searle, Jef
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
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  • Santos-Dumont, Alberto
  • Aeronautical engineers
  • Daredevils
  • Airships
  • Balloon ascensions
  • Santos-Dumont, Alberto
  • Aeronautical engineers
  • Daredevils
  • Airships
  • Balloon ascensions
Target audience
primary
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
Alberto Santos-Dumont's race around the Eiffel Tower
Label
A dream of flight : Alberto Santos-Dumont's race around the Eiffel Tower, Rob Polivka and Jef Polivka ; illustrations by Rob Polivka
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018035772
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780374306618
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2018035772
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1057243421
Label
A dream of flight : Alberto Santos-Dumont's race around the Eiffel Tower, Rob Polivka and Jef Polivka ; illustrations by Rob Polivka
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2018035772
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780374306618
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2018035772
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1057243421

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