Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot
by Matthew Clark Smith
illustrated by Matt Tavares
Words and pictures work harmoniously together in this magical picture book, which ably captures the incomparable sensation of flight. Smith writes with a light, expressive touch which, when combined with Tavares' soaring bright or dark-hued pictures, wonderfully convey ballooning's joys and dangers. Sophie herself is depicted with verve and bravery; her love of flight evident in her expressive features.