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Up & down : the adventures of John Jeffries, first American to fly

Up and down : the adventures of John Jeffries, first American to fly
Title:
Up & down : the adventures of John Jeffries, first American to fly
Publisher Info:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [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."-- Amazon.

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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."


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Mentions of ballooning and weather science are somewhat eclipsed by the narrative of John Jeffries's two balloon voyages in this nonfiction picture book. Jeffries, a Bostonian doctor, moved to London after siding with the British during the American Revolution. In the 1780s, experiments with hot air and gas balloons started a balloon craze, and Jeffries, who kept a daily weather diary, saw it as a way to record weather data at different altitudes. After that first science-focused trip, he and his somewhat opportunist partner Jean-Pierre Blanchard set out on a more dangerous journey to become the first balloonists to cross the English Channel. Brown humorously details the ensuing drama as the balloon rises and sinks, and some of the best spreads in the book are of Jeffries and Blanchard unloading all the extraneous equipment to lessen their weight. One last ditch effort leads to an image of two men relieving themselves off the back of the balloon, which is sure to get a giggle out of the intended audience. The prose describes Jeffries's questions about why the balloon rose and sunk that are disappointingly never answered. VERDICT Light on science, but an entertaining supplemental purchase for elementary nonfiction collections.-Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

This witty picture-book biography describes the adventures of eighteenth-century John Jeffries, an early dabbler in meteorology and a respected physician who, due to his Loyalist tendencies, found himself exiled to England after the Revolutionary War. Intrigued by the early hot-air balloon flights of the Montgolfier brothers of France, Jeffries offered to bankroll a British attempt at crossing the English Channel, contingent upon his inclusion as a passenger. The majority of the action concentrates on this harrowing but eventually successful endeavor, graphic details included (at one point, the two balloonists relieved themselves over the side of the gondola to lighten the load). Jeffries was believed to be the first scientist to conduct aerial research (measuring temperature, humidity, and air pressure), and his subsequent fame allowed for his return to America but no more adventures aloft. The detailed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations add humor, and an epilogue, bibliography, quotation sources, and an author's note round things off. This engaging and somewhat wry account will aptly supplement STEM research assignments.--McBroom, Kathleen Copyright 2010 Booklist


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.