Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot

Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot

By: Matthew Clark Smith
Published by: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: 2017
List: Picture Book Biographies of People Who Lived During 1650-1800

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Description

Behold, the story of Sophie Blanchard, an extraordinary woman who is largely forgotten despite her claim to being the first female pilot in history.

In eighteenth-century France, "balloonomania" has gripped the nation, but all the pioneering aeronauts are men. The job of breaking that barrier falls to a most unlikely figure: a shy girl from a seaside village who is entirely devoted to her dream of flight. 

An although she isn't the first woman to ascend in a balloon or the first woman to accompany an aeronaut on a trip, she is—even better—the first woman to climb into the clouds and steer her own course.

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