Sunday, February 2, 2014

Winter Reading 2014 Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse

As someone who loves to fly and wants to get her pilot's license, I am always interested in books about flying. The idea behind this marvelous picture book is like a blend of The Tale of Despereaux and The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Lindbergh is a curious mouse who loves to spend his time reading books (something else we have in common). One day he looks up from his reading and discovers that mechanical mousetraps have been invented and all of the other mice have journeyed to America to escape the danger (and that reminds me of Feivel in "An American Tail"). Lindbergh sees bats flying across the sky and is inspired to create his own wings. The incredible illustrations show his progress from a sort of glider, to a steam-driven contraption, to his final model. Readers can also see his test flights and how he perseveres after each one to correct the design flaws and make improvements for the next attempt.

Anyone who enjoys stories with heroic little animals like Despereaux or the Library Mouse will instantly add Lindbergh to their favorites. Although it's a fictional story, it would be a great read-aloud for a class studying inventors or the history of aviation. It could also be used to study life-skills like problem-solving and perseverance. Whatever your reason for reading it, you will probably love it.

There is a video trailer for the book which gives you an idea of the illustrations and story line.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It will be published on May 1, 2014.


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