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Skybound: Starring Mary Myers as Carlotta, Daredevil Aeronaut and Scientist

In the 1850s, proper young ladies were supposed to keep their feet on the ground (literally and metaphorically), but Mary dreamed of flying. Luckily, she married Carl Myers, a hot air balloon enthusiast whose dreams were just as lofty as hers. Together, they designed and constructed balloons of all shapes and sizes, a difficult and dangerous job that required knowledge of chemistry, engineering, and meteorology. But how could they know which balloon designs worked best? They needed someone adventurous who could do balloon tricks for crowds while recording flight data. Mary knew just the person... herself!

She gave herself the stage name Carlotta and anxiously awaited her first flight. Would she make it into the air? Could she collect the data they needed? Mary battled thick clouds and bone-chilling cold, but she went higher and farther than she hoped, and returned ready for her next flight. This colorful picture book tells the little-known story of an aeronaut and inventor whose careful scientific work improved hot air balloons and our understanding of flight, weather patterns, and the atmosphere.

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Product Details

Recommended Age 7 - 10
Author Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Illustrator Iacopo Bruno
ISBN 163592815X
Publication Date Apr 16, 2024
Publisher Calkins Creek
Language English