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  • Author:
    John Holyfield,Phil Bildner
  • ISBN:
    0399247890
  • ISBN13:
    978-0399247897
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  • Publisher:
    G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (January 7, 2010)
  • Pages:
    32 pages
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    Literature & Fiction
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The Hallelujah Flight. By Phil Bildner; John Holyfield (Illustrator).

The Hallelujah Flight. Pub. Date: January 2010 Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Format: Hardcover, 32 pages Age Range: 4 to 8 ISBN-10: 0399247890 ISBN-13: 978-0399247897. They did not have much money, but came up with a plan to get people to help them and then allowing them to sign their names on the planes wings.

Author Phil Bildner and artist John Holyfield have produced an outstanding new picture book on little-known African-American aviator James Banning, the first black aviator to complete a trans-continental flight in 1932. Narrated by Banning's mechanic and co-pilot, Thomas Allen, the book is based on the story of their journey, undertaken in an airplane that appeared to be barely flight-worthy. The Flying Hoboes!' they all called u.

About The Hallelujah Flight. The extraordinary story of James Banning, the first African-American pilot to fly across country. During the Great Depression, the ace black pilot James Banning decided to fly from coast to coast to serve as an inspiration to people everywhere. This exceptional story of determination and pride, shown through John Holyfield’s energetic flight scenes and sweeping landscapes, will put you in the cockpit right alongside Banning and Allen as they complete the journey of a lifetime. About The Hallelujah Flight.

The Hallelujah Flight book. Author Phil Bildner and artist John Holyfield have produced an outstanding new picture book on little-known African-American aviator James Banning, the first black aviator to complete a trans-continental flight in 1932.

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This exceptional story of determination and pride, shown through John Holyfield’s energetic flight scenes and sweeping landscapes, will put you in the cockpit right . Books related to The Hallelujah Flight.

This exceptional story of determination and pride, shown through John Holyfield’s energetic flight scenes and sweeping landscapes, will put you in the cockpit right alongside Banning and Allen as they complete the journey of a lifetime.

When Phil Bildner heard the story of James Banning, an ace stunt pilot and the first African-American to complete a transcontinental flight, in 1932, Bildner wondered why he, a middle-school social studies teacher, hadn't heard of Banning. Bildner's book makes a much larger story than that one feat: It becomes the story of how two black aviators, with very little money, manage to get their plane in the air and continue hopping across the country, sometimes meeting open arms, and at other times running into prejudice. by Phil Bildner and John Holyfield

The Hallelujah Flight. by Phil Bildner and John Holyfield. James Banning set out to be the first African American to make a transcontinental flight across the country with few resources but a single great idea: invite everyone who was willing to help him and copilot Thomas Allen along the way to sign the wings of the plane so that they could be part of the journey.

Phil Bildner; John Holyfield. The story is well written, as Allen is telling the story of what the flight must have been like. Since it is written as a picture book story it is considered historical fiction.

The extraordinary story of James Banning, the first African-American pilot to fly across country During the Great Depression, the ace black pilot James Banning decided to fly from coast to coast to serve as an inspiration to people everywhere. So with a little ingenuity and a whole lot of heart, he fixed up the dilapidated OXX6 Eagle Rock plane with his co-pilot and mechanic, Thomas Allen, earning them the derisive nickname, “The Flying Hobos.” But with the help of friends and family along the way who signed their names on the wings of the plane in exchange for food, fuel and supplies, Banning and Allen made it through treacherous weather and overcame ruthless prejudice to receive a heroes’ welcome upon landing in New York on October 9, 1932. This exceptional story of determination and pride, shown through John Holyfield’s energetic flight scenes and sweeping landscapes, will put you in the cockpit right alongside Banning and Allen as they complete the journey of a lifetime.

Virn
I was not familiar with the story of the Hallelujah Flight. It was so wonderful to hear about these unsung African American heroes. You will be so glad that you picked up this book. It is well-written and extremely informative.
Snowseeker
This item was an all time hit, across the family, from illustration to story line. Great American history lesson.
Malanim
Some folks thought that James Banning had lost his marbles when he announced he wanted to fly his airplane from California to New York. After all, it was the Great Depression and virtually impossible to buy all the mechanical parts and supplies that were needed to fix up the old plane and prepare for such a long trip. Not to worry, said Banning; he planned to stop frequently and solicit donations, food, and fuel along the way, in exchange for letting people sign their names on the wing tips during this historical occasion.

Banning and his skilled mechanic and copilot Thomas Allen became the first African Americans to fly coast to coast across the United States. The "Flying Hoboes," as they were nicknamed, completed the trip in 21 days. Although they encountered much generosity on the ground along the way, they also came across prejudice and barriers to entry in some establishments where they stopped to rest and refuel.

Beautifully illustrated by acclaimed artist John Holyfield, this engaging book shines the spotlight on two relatively unknown historical figures who overcame not only extremely tight financial constraints but also institutionalized discrimination by race as they flew their way into the record books. Parents and teachers looking to expand their children's book collections to include new works of historical fiction will find this book an appealing choice.
Vinainl
Author Phil Bildner and artist John Holyfield have produced an outstanding new picture book on little-known African-American aviator James Banning, the first black aviator to complete a trans-continental flight in 1932. Narrated by Banning's mechanic and co-pilot, Thomas Allen, the book is based on the story of their journey, undertaken in an airplane that appeared to be barely flight-worthy. "The crew from the airport thought we'd about lost our marbles...'The Flying Hoboes!' they all called us." Although they had almost no money for food and gasoline along the way, Banning decided that anyone who contributed any kind of supplies for their trip could write their name on the tip of the wing, getting into the history books along with the pilots. Sure enough, despite the hard times, people all along the way pitched in to help. But times were not only tough in terms of finances; racism also reared its ugly head along the route. In one stop, they were not allowed to use the restroom, and in another town no one would serve them at a diner. After a 3,300 mile and 21 day trip, the pilots arrive safely in Harlem, where they receive a hero's welcome, complete with ticker-tape parade.

The art in this book is especially noteworthy, and you can get a sneak preview of some of the illustrations at the author's website. The artwork, done in acrylics, offers an exuberant style and features unusual perspectives, such as in a particularly joyful 2-page spread which shows the two pilots flying in their underwear over the California desert, where the pilots seem to be about to soar off the edge of the book! I also appreciated the artist's unusual use of color, such as in a dawn scene flying over the Statue of Liberty, where Holyfield makes abundant use of contrasting purple and green, or another scene in Oklahoma where a yellow sky meets the green fields.

This is a wonderful book for teaching African-American history, for children interested in the history of aviation, or anyone who likes an inspirational tale, and would be an excellent addition to any public or school library.

While the author provides some historical background in a forward, and adds that the book is historical fiction, not biography, I would have enjoyed an afterword with a few more biographical facts on both pilots who inspired this story.

Recommended for ages 5-10 (Kindergarten-4th grade).
Sha
James Banning stood on a box dreamily eying a dilapidated biplane. The propeller leaned up against the plane's sorry looking side and even a broken wing tip was ready to fall to the ground. Undeterred by the plane's condition, James turned to Thomas Allen and firmly stated, "Mr. Allen, my dream is to fly a plane from sea to shining sea, and this here OXX6 Eagle Rock is our plane." It was Thomas's job to fix it, but money sure was tight in those days. James had it all figured out and by hook or by crook they were going to do it. If people were allowed the privilege of signing their names to the wing tip, perhaps they would offer up a little bit of gas and some supplies. YES! That might just be the ticket.

Of course everyone laughed and poked fun of them as they proudly worked on their crate and very soon they were dubbed the "Flying Hoboes." On September 19, 1932 they were aloft over the skies of Dycer Airport near Los Angeles, soaring through the clouds on the first leg of their journey. Clickety, clack, clickety clack! The plane rolled through the clouds as the daring duo completed the first leg of the trip. A little leak tested James's "signing" theory and soon they were off again. The open cockpits were hot and soon they were soaring over the mountains dressed only in muscle tees and drawers. Nothing would stop them. "Hallelujah," Thomas would yell. "Hallelujah right back at you!" was the reply. Yet there was something named "prejudice" that might put a halt to their trip. Would anything, including that, be able to stop the Hallelujah Flight?

This once lost, but now found story about James and Thomas's Hallelujah Flight will thrill the reader. I loved the easy flow of this story and could feel the excitement and determination of these two young men who were destined to make this trip. Even in this day and age this type of venture would prove to be the "journey of a lifetime," but with all the obstacles James and Thomas encountered made it all the more meaningful. The artwork captured the spirit of the men and the times perfectly. Their smiles and good natures, despite prejudice, never seemed to waver throughout their journey. The author's note adds more biographical information and the reader can see their flight map on the end pages. If you want to read two amazing, innovative and daring young African-Americans, this is one book you may wish to consider!