Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Twenty-One Ballons by William Pene du Bois

The Twenty-One Balloons is a winner of the Newbery Medal and an interesting story about Professor William Waterman Sherman and his idea to live for 1 year in a hot air balloon. You see "there are two kinds of travel. The usual way is to take the fastest imaginable conveyance along the shortest road. The other way is not to care particularly where you are going or how long it will take you, or whether you will get there or not." Sherman uses the second type of travel. His travel takes him around the whole world with a rather long stop off on the island of Krakatoa, Indonesia. I thought the book was rather slow, but it was an easy fun read with a fun ending. This is a great book for kids and interesting topics to discuss. There are numerous inventions that could start fun discussions with children.

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