Eleanor Coerr is the author of many books for young readers, including The Big Baloon Race, a Reading Rainbow book, Chang's Paper Pony, and The Josefina Story Quilt, a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. Carolyn Croll is the distinguished illustrator of many books for children, including the I Can Read Books The Big balloon race by Eleanor Coerr and Clara and the Bookwagon by Nancy Smiler Levinson. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Gr 2-4-Eleanor Coerr's beginning chapter book is based on the true account of one of America's most popular balloonists. According to the author's note at the end of the book, Mary Myers, who was better known as Carlotta the Lady Aeronaut, "made more ascensions in hydrogen balloons than any other aeronaut of her time." In this story, set in 1882, Carlotta's daughter stows away in her mother's balloon, unintentionally adding extra weight to the craft and almost costing her mother the race. Carolyn Croll's beautiful watercolor illustrations enhance this delightful tale. Bonnie Kelley-Young's narration is well paced, and appropriate sound effects and background music add to the telling. Page-turn signals are optional. For public and school library collections.-Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.