HORSES WITH WINGS by Dennis Haseley

HORSES WITH WINGS

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Age Range: 5 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``More than a hundred years ago...Prussian troops marched into France,'' begins this tale of a unique rescue mission: the Prussian siege of Paris trapped French leaders, and someone needed to escape to the countryside and raise an army. LÇon Gambetta volunteered to make the attempt by balloon; and though ``a bullet grazed his hand,'' he was able to fly, above clouds that Haseley says reminded him of ``horses with wings,'' like those he'd watched as a boy. He did raise an army, and never flew again. It's an interesting vignette, though the lack of a historical note is curious; perhaps Haseley wanted to avoid mentioning the war's painful outcome. Still, the story makes a good vehicle for Curlee's fine illustration debut; his clean, luminous art, elegantly framed in black rule, is handsomely designed and nicely embellished with period detail. (Picture book. 5-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-06-022885-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1993




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