Friday, December 30, 2016

PPBF: A Review of The Kite That Bridged Two Nations by Alexis O'Neill, Illustrated by Terry Widener

TITLE: The Kite that Bridged Two Nations 
AUTHOR:  Alexis O'Neill
ILLUSTRATOR: Terry Widener
PUBLISHER: Calkins Creek, and Imprint of Boyds Mills Press, a Highlights Company

SNIPPET: Whenever wind lifted off the river and sent the trees to dancing, I'd itch to fly a kite. I'd race to the great Niagara, plumes of mist rising from plunging waters, wind licking at my face. A boy like me knew, just knew, which day would be perfect for flying kites.

Based upon actual events, this book tells the story of a dreamer named Homan Walsh, who studied the wind and found a way to make his dreams soar. 

When young Homan discovered a kite-flying contest offering a $10 prize to the boy whose kite could span from America to Canada, he knew just how to put his scientific formula for kite flying to the test. 

Despite his father's assertion that he put his kite away and tend to his studies, Homan constructed a new kite, which he named Union. Side by side with other boys, he braved the elements. Despite failure and the loss of his beloved kite, he returned home to recalculate and try again! 

The Kite that Bridged Two Nations is an inspiring true story based upon Alexis O'Neill's tireless research and historical documents. It is beautifully written, with strong lyrical language and intriguing back matter. Historically accurate art by Terry Widener brings this story of a young boy's role in bridging two nations to life. It's a wonderful example of the part a child can play in changing the world. 

4 out of 5 Stars
REVIEWED by Lynne Marie. The opinions offered herein are my own. 

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