This holiday season, a new crop of books about flight and space exploration offers plenty of gift possibilities for young readers from ages 2 to 14.
A Voyage in the Clouds
by Matthew Olshan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 40 pp., $17.99.
In 1783, Englishman John Jeffries and his pilot, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard, propose to do the impossible: sail a hot-air balloon from England to France. The problem? They can’t stand each other. Ages 4-8.