The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor CoerrThe Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr

The Big Balloon Race

byEleanor Coerr

Paperback | June 6, 1984

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Ariel would love to be in the basket of Lucky Star on the day of the big balloon race against Bernard the Brave. Her mother, Carlotta the Great, is the best lady balloonist in America. But Ariel's parents think she is too young. Little do they know she is asleep in the Odds and Ends box when Carlotta the Great orders "Hands off!" and the balloon race begins.

The thrills of Ariel's first ride in a hydrogen balloon come to life in this story based on a real ballooning family of the late 1800's. Carolyn Croll's pictures capture the pageantry and drama of the race, and will have readers rooting to the end for Ariel and her mother.

Eleanor Coerr is the author of many books for young readers, including The Big Baloon Race, a Reading Rainbow book, Chang's Paper Pony, and The Josefina Story Quilt, a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
Title:The Big Balloon RaceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.19 inPublished:June 6, 1984Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064440532

ISBN - 13:9780064440530

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stowaway on a Hot Air Balloon Based on the true life adventures of the famous balloonist Myers family of the late 1800s, this tells a tale of the mother participating in a balloon race and the daughter's accidentally stowing away and coming along for the trip.  The story seems a little bigger than life and I wouldn't believe it to be fact but it is an interesting introduction to this family, hot-air ballooning and independent women of the Victorian age.  Cute folk art type illustrations add to the appeal.
Date published: 2013-12-05

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Ariel almost causes her famous mother to lose a balloon race and then helps her win it