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|Up & down : the adventures of John Jeffries, first American to fly|
Author: Brown, Don
Chronicles the ballooning misadventures of John Jeffries, scientist and aviation pioneer.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 196942
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 75001
Common Core Standards
Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 2 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 2.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Key Ideas & Details
Kirkus Reviews (04/15/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/06/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 1–3—Mentions of ballooning and weather science are somewhat eclipsed by the narrative of John Jeffries's two balloon voyages in this nonfiction picture book. Jeffries, a Bostonian doctor, moved to London after siding with the British during the American Revolution. In the 1780s, experiments with hot air and gas balloons started a balloon craze, and Jeffries, who kept a daily weather diary, saw it as a way to record weather data at different altitudes. After that first science-focused trip, he and his somewhat opportunist partner Jean-Pierre Blanchard set out on a more dangerous journey to become the first balloonists to cross the English Channel. Brown humorously details the ensuing drama as the balloon rises and sinks, and some of the best spreads in the book are of Jeffries and Blanchard unloading all the extraneous equipment to lessen their weight. One last ditch effort leads to an image of two men relieving themselves off the back of the balloon, which is sure to get a giggle out of the intended audience. The prose describes Jeffries's questions about why the balloon rose and sunk that are disappointingly never answered. VERDICT Light on science, but an entertaining supplemental purchase for elementary nonfiction collections.—Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2018 This witty picture-book biography describes the adventures of eighteenth-century John Jeffries, an early dabbler in meteorology and a respected physician who, due to his Loyalist tendencies, found himself exiled to England after the Revolutionary War. Intrigued by the early hot-air balloon flights of the Montgolfier brothers of France, Jeffries offered to bankroll a British attempt at crossing the English Channel, contingent upon his inclusion as a passenger. The majority of the action concentrates on this harrowing but eventually successful endeavor, graphic details included (at one point, the two balloonists relieved themselves over the side of the gondola to lighten the load). Jeffries was believed to be the first scientist to conduct aerial research (measuring temperature, humidity, and air pressure), and his subsequent fame allowed for his return to America—but no more adventures aloft. The detailed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations add humor, and an epilogue, bibliography, quotation sources, and an author’s note round things off. This engaging and somewhat wry account will aptly supplement STEM research assignments. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.