Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann. NorthSouth, 2014. 96 pages.
Reading Level: Picture Books, Chapter Books, ages 4-10
Maturity Level: 2 (ages 4-8), 3 (ages 8-10)
An intrepid mouse, determined to escape the peril of mousetraps and predators by emigrating to America, devises a series of flying contraptions based on what he has read in human libraries. His first attempt at building a flying machine to glide like a bat is followed by the addition of steam power from what he witnessed in a train station, then finally a new design closer to “a proper plane” that allows him to make the trans-Atlantic journey. Ultimately, news reports of his success inspire a young American boy named Charles Lindbergh. The story serves as a frame for a concise history of flight, showing how ideas drawn from nature and other developments led to the first successful transatlantic flight. The exceptionally beautiful illustrations are the most impressive feature of this book, and thankfully there are an abundance. A good summary of the history of flight with brief summaries of notable figures at the end that may encourage further study of aviation.
Overall Value: 4.5 out of 5
- Moral/Worldview Value: 4
- Artistic Value: 5
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