Putting a new twist on traditional tales is a delicate art of sorts. There are some greats, such as Jon Scieszka's The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of "not-so-greats," that simply fail to hit the mark.
This week, I stumbled across an adorable book entitled, Hot Air:The (Mostly) True Story of the first Hot-Air Balloon Ride that I wanted to share with you all. This book, by Marjorie Priceman, depicts the potentially true tale of the brave pilots, a duck, a sheep and a rooster, of the 1783 Montgolfier hot air balloon demonstration in France. This predominately wordless text provides children with an opportunity to read the illustrations and use their imagination unveil what really (possibly) happened in that crowded hot air balloon basket so many years ago. With beautiful, Caldecott Honor winning illustrations and a whimsical subject, this book is sure to make for a fun reading experience!