Skyward Bound captures the imagination of the young child yearning to fly. Read along and enjoy magnificent photos of breathtaking, colorful balloons as they explore from the clouds. Learn how a balloon is assembled, inflated, rises to the sky, and becomes a rainbow of colors overhead. In this book, parents and children will feel the excitement and peacefulness of a hot-air balloon adventure!
Kirkus Review ... "In this nonfiction book for children ages 6 and up, photographs depict the colors shapes, gear, pilots and crews of hot-air balloons. ... The authors nicely convey the excitement of ballooning for spectators, as the envelopes slowly fill and the baskets at last begin to rise, as well as fans' enthusiasm for the sport. ... The Pechters' gorgeous photos of huge, brightly colored balloons, sometimes en mass like a giant party in the sky, are greatly appealing. ... Packed with vibrant photos and solid information, this work delivers an enthralling introduction to ballooning for kids." ...Kirkus Review
MidWest Book Review:
"Beautifully illustrated with full-color photography throughout. Packed cover to cover with fun facts, safety tips and utterly striking pictures of sky-high balloons and panoramic landscapes. Skyward Bound is a joy for all ages. Highly recommended!"
Jean-Michel Cousteau ...
"Through bright imagery and pleasant narration, Skyward Bound opens the skies to children and adults alike. The thrill and attraction of balloon travel, accompanied by the unique and beautiful appearance of hundreds of balloons in the sky is one adventure no ones wants to miss. They take children into nature where they can extract and distill lessons from nature and culture, empowering them to live more gently on our planet as ambassadors of the environment."
Dr. Sylvia Earle ... National Geographic Expolorer in Residence ...
"I have deeply admired their passion for the beauty above and below, their joy of gliding weightless in the sea and in the sky above, and of using their wondrous skills as photographers and explorers to inspire legions of earthlings to go see for themselves the glorious nature of Earth's oceans of water and air. This book is a tribute to their deep sense of caring for all of the natural world and especially for the generations of young explorers to come."