Monday, May 3, 2010

The Hallelujah Flight - Phil Bildner

Illustrated by John Holyfield
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010
32 pgs.
Rating: 5
Endpapers: brown & white US map with route and stops between LA and NYC

Using wonderful words that tell a terrific story - based on a real event - Phil Bildner recreates a 1932 transcontinental flight piloted by James Banning and told by his co-pilot, Thomas Allen. We see joy and excitement, danger and prejudice, but most of all, never-ending spirit and good will. This is a wonderful story that urges us to learn more about James Banning.

And then there are the illustrations. They, too, show all the emotion and detail of the story. They make the journey complete.

What a perfect book - cleverly written and joyfully illustrated with an exciting, super-interesting, adventurous, real-life story!

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