Título: The Kite that Bridged Two Nations: Homan ...
Editorial: Calkins Creek
Año de publicación: 2013
Condición del libro: Used: Good
Homan Walsh loves to fly his kite. And when a contest is announced to see whose kite string can span Niagara Falls, Homan is set on winning, despite the cold and the wind and even when his kite is lost and broken. Homan’s determination is beautifully captured in this soaring, poetic picture book that features Terry Widener’s stunning acrylic paintings. Both author and illustrator worked with experts on both sides of the falls to accurately present Homan Walsh’s story. The book also includes an extensive author’s note, timeline, bibliography, and further resources.From Booklist:
This fictionalized account of a true story describes a promotional contest sponsored by the engineer for the first bridge to span the Niagara River near Niagara Falls. The contest was won by Homan Walsh, a young Irish immigrant who lived near the falls, loved to fly kites, and was thrilled to learn about the chance to be (as the advertisement read) “The First Boy Whose Kite String Spans from America to Canada.” O’Neill’s spare text communicates both grandeur and dignity and manages to cover a good amount of territory: Homan’s struggle with his disapproving father, the step-by-step building of the kite, the challenges of winning the contest, and Homan’s pride at being a part of the great bridge. Widener’s full-page acrylic paintings closely follow the narrative, emphasizing the harsh winter landscape and giving a clear sense of the odds against spanning the gorge. An extensive author’s note spells out what is known and not known about the story and supplies additional facts about the building of the bridge. Grades 2-4. --Randall Enos
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