Hot Air: The Mostly True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Author: Majorie Priceman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Publication Date: 2005

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Picture Book

Audience: Gr. Pre-K-3

Awards: Caldecott Honor Book

Overview: This picture book ingeniously puts a twist on an historical event, by accounting the first hot air balloon ride, based on a rumor that a sheep told her, but who heard it originally from a sheep, who heard it from a rooster. Kids will laugh and be impressed by this silly story and the descriptive illustrations that at times in the book, are displayed to have wordless meaning.

Activity: This is a great lesson to jumpstart a lesson or unit on transportation and aviation!

Reviewer’s Name: Nadeline Fleischer