Into the Air: An Illustrated Timeline of Flight

Ryan Ann Hunter, Author, Yan Nascimbene, Illustrator, Pamela Greenwood, Concept by National Geographic Society $16.95 (48p) ISBN 978-0-7922-5120-0
Offering a brief line of text and several sidebars per spread, Into the Air: An Illustrated Timeline of Flight by Ryan Ann Hunter, illus. by Yan Nascimbene, charts the development of flight from ""giant dragonflies [that] zigzagged through steamy swamps above the heads of lumbering reptiles"" (a sidebar shows one from 325 million years ago with a two-foot wingspan) to early balloons and gliders (another sidebar depicts Leonardo da Vinci's models of flying machines called ""ornithopters"") and finally the invention of the airplane itself. Spare, full-bleed illustrations make a dramatic and attractive backdrop for this study of airborne creatures, both animal and human.
Reviewed on: 09/01/2003
Release date: 09/01/2003
Genre: Nonfiction
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