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Up & down : the adventures of John Jeffries, first American to fly / written and illustrated by Don Brown.
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Up and down :

the adventures of John Jeffries, first American to fly.
ISBN:
9781580898126
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Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
39 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Abstract:
Swept up by the European ballooning craze of the 1780s, Dr. John Jeffries longed to become the first person to fly across the English Channel. But first he had to outwit a rascally copilot, keep the balloon from bursting, and avoid crashing into the sea. The good doctor's quick-thinking solutions will surprise young readers--and keep them giggling. Orbis Pictus and Sibert Honor winner Don Brown tells this quirky true story with his usual accuracy and heart.
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Summary

Summary

Swept up by the European ballooning craze of the 1780s, Dr. John Jeffries longed to become the first person to fly across the English Channel. But first he had to outwit a rascally copilot, keep the balloon from bursting, and avoid crashing into the sea. The good doctor's quick-thinking solutions will surprise young readers--and keep them giggling. Orbis Pictus and Sibert Honor winner Don Brown tells this quirky true story with his usual accuracy and heart.


Author Notes

Don Brown is the author and illustrator of more than two dozen books for young readers, including Drowned City- Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans , an Orbis Pictus Award winner and a Sibert Honor book. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and expressive watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him "a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies."


Excerpts

Excerpts

When revolution came to America, poor Dr. John Jeffries of Boston made the unfortunate choice of remaining loyal to the king. At war's end, the king's rule was thrown out, and with it went Dr. Jeffries.             The doctor settled in London. There, he cared for his patients and kept a daily weather diary, for Jeffries was a man devoted to useful science. It was this interest that would soon send him soaring. Excerpted from Up and Down: The Adventures of John Jeffries, First American to Fly by Don Brown All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.