SKY HIGH!: A SOARING HISTORY OF AVIATION, by Jacek Ambrozewski, Thames & Hudson, Jan. 16, 2024, Hardcover, $29.95 (ages 8-12)
Discover the history of airborne adventures — from birds to planes and everything in between — in Sky High: A Soaring History of Aviation, by Jacek Ambrozewski.
Sky High! introduces you to a whole ensemble of scientists, inventors, and builders: those from the distant past, such as Leonardo da Vinci and the Montgolfier brothers; those closer to the present, such as the Wright brothers or Otto Lilienthal; and current innovators, who have new, amazing ideas. You will also discover how brilliant inventions and iconic machines were created and learn about breakthrough moments in the development of aviation.
In this book you will meet brave aviators, daring aerial circus performers, and test pilots; see how a jet engine operates, how aircraft- carrier staff work, and how it feels to travel in an airship; and even see the cockpit of a fighter jet and if it’s possible to build an airplane in a garage!
Learn the answers to important questions such as: How do planes not fall from the sky? How does a radar or parachute work? Are wings or rotors better? —Synopsis provided by Thames & Hudson
Author Jacek Ambrozewski uses an almost comic book approach to the subject, utilizing boxes with small sections of text that offer approachable information. These boxes contain facts, diagrams, labels and speech bubbles, which really draw readers in.
This is the type of book you can flip through or read from beginning to end. Each topic is contained in a two-page spread — with something different to offer with every turn of the page. And Ambrozewski’s use of color and detailed art make you want to stick with Sky High! for a long while.
Sky High! is a great option for fans of aviation or history. Kids who are drawn to invention will also enjoy it. It’s a book readers young and old will spend hours perusing.
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