The Twenty-One Balloons PDF ☆ The Twenty-One eBook

The Twenty-One Balloons PDF ☆ The Twenty-One  eBook
  • Paperback
  • 180 pages
  • The Twenty-One Balloons
  • William Pène du Bois
  • English
  • 24 June 2019
  • 0140320970

The Twenty-One Balloons❮KINDLE❯ ➜ The Twenty-One Balloons ❤ Author William Pène du Bois – Essayreview.co.uk Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean But through a twist of fate, he lands on the secret island of Krakatoa where he discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, ecc Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean But through a twist of fate, he lands on the secret island of Krakatoa where he discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions Winner of theNewbery Medal, this classic fantasy adventure is a joy for all ages.


About the Author: William Pène du Bois

William P ne du Bois was an American writer and illustrator of books for young readers He is best known for The Twenty One Balloons, published in April by Viking Press, for which he won the Newbery Medal As illustrator he was twice a runner up for the Caldecott MedalThe Twenty One Balloons is the work by P ne du The Twenty-One eBook Ò Bois that WorldCat reports most widely held in participating libraries, by a wide margin His other most widely held works are five books written by others, which he illustrated below , and the two Caldecott Honor picture books, which he also wroteFrom to , P ne du Bois was art editor of The Paris Review, working alongside founder and editor George Plimpton.


10 thoughts on “The Twenty-One Balloons

  1. says:

    One month after graduating from college, I started working That was in 1984 I am now in my 4th company and except for my paid vacation leaves and rare sick days, I have never been, even a single day, out of the corporate rate race 27 years of working and trying to earn a living.I know it is still far from the 40 years of being a math teacher in some high school for Professor William Waterman Sherman but once in a while, I also feel that I need to do something outrageous Maybe just to break t One month after graduating from college, I started working That was in 1984 I am now in my 4th company and except for my paid vacation leaves and rare sick days, I have never been, even a single day, out of the corporate rate race 27 years of working and trying to earn a living.I know it is still far from the 40 years of being a math teacher in some high school for Professor William Waterman Sherman but once in a while, I also feel that I need to do something outrageous Maybe just to break the monotony of my corporate work life Not necessarily riding an air balloon because it is pricey here in the Philippines During the Summer Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark Pampanga, last time I heard, they offer a 30 min ride for P20,000 US 450 I would not want my savings to go to waste, only for 30 mins Professor Sherman had no family so he was able to afford two giant air not hot air balloons constructed to his taste after he retired at the age of 66 He left everything in San Francisco and embarked on the journey of going around the world via his giant air balloon via the Pacific Ocean I wish I could do something like that At some point in our lives, burnout comes in and we just want to break free Leave everything behind and do the things that we really enjoy Oh well, maybe that s part of the reason why I try to do something that other people say is impossible reading books included in the 1001 list Books bring us to places whose nature sometimes goes beyond our imagination In books, we also meet people who we never thought existed and know situations that could make us feelfortunate and blessed The Twenty One Balloons won the Newberry Award in 1948 It is a sci fi utopian children s book by William Pene de Bois 1916 2993 an American French illustrator and novelist The writing is simple but its whimsical ingenuity is amazing Some strange ideas look plausible like the Balloon Merry Go Round and I thought I would like to ride on it if the price will not be too prohibitive ha ha The utopian kind of economic setup in Krakatoa is something that is possible too only if there is a diamond mine and families are not greedy enough to be disloyal to the island s other family inhabitants Though the theme of loyalty permeates at least in a couple parts the one I just mentioned and Sherman not obliging to persistent request to tell what happened to his voyage prior to his official interview in the explorers association where he is a member of good standing of the story, overall, it is the dream of doing something totally new, e.g, drastic career shift , at the latter part of one s life that I consider my take away from this wonderful book

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    Flight of Fancy A Book Review of William P ne du Bois s The Twenty One Balloons After busting a literary heavy I noticed that from time to time there s this feeling, an emerging need to clear the palate, to freshen up and clean the slate for another bout of serious reading In occasions like this I always dig the rich fields of Children s Literature on the look out for some fun and light book where I don t have to think much and just go along to the pull of the story wherever it will take me.Goo Flight of Fancy A Book Review of William P ne du Bois s The Twenty One Balloons After busting a literary heavy I noticed that from time to time there s this feeling, an emerging need to clear the palate, to freshen up and clean the slate for another bout of serious reading In occasions like this I always dig the rich fields of Children s Literature on the look out for some fun and light book where I don t have to think much and just go along to the pull of the story wherever it will take me.Good thing I borrowed William P ne du Bois The Twenty One Balloons from a friend, and judging from its whimsical opening line, it absolutely fits what I want to read at the moment There are two kinds of travel The usual way is to take the fastest imaginable conveyance along the shortest road The other way is not to care particularly where you are going or how long it will take you, or whether you will get there or not These two methods of travel are perhaps easiest to be seen by watching hunting hounds One hound will follow his nose directly to his prey Another will follow his nose in a roundabout way to molehills, empty rabbit holes, garbage cans, and trees and perhaps not pay any attention to his prey even when he happens upon it This second way of getting around has always been pointed out as the nicest for, as you can see in the case of the slower hunting hound, you are able to seeof what is going on in the world and also how nature is getting along William Waterman Sherman, the protagonist of the 1948 Newbery Medal winning book, has been teaching arithmetic for boys for forty years in San Fransisco Forty years of spitballs Forty years of glue on my seat So he retires at the age of 66 and decides to travel across the Pacific Ocean, be all alone for a year without any possible human contact, and fulfills his wistful longing by building an elaborate hot air balloon built with accouterments he ll all ever need But as soon he discovers, being airborne produces other problems besides spitballs.After some months he was fished out of the ocean on what appears to be the remains of a platform attached to twenty balloons Just what happened to Professor Sherman on those intervening days and how did he get marooned on the wrong side of the Ocean with too many balloons It s an extravagant story that involves a seemingly deserted remote island and an erratic volcano, an amusing form of government and its interesting people, otherworldly yet functional contraptions, and riches beyond man s dream wrapped up with elements of science fiction, inventions, fantasy, survival and social commentary all come together in a book that moves from one astonishing plot to another that only Professor William Waterman Sherman can tell.I thought I would be served up with another variation of a Jules Verne inspired tale ala Around the World in Eighty Days, what with a protagonist whose goal is to travel the world by a balloon, yet his journey is not to discover exotic lands but just a simple minded desire to get away from the humdrum of living However, as I was wrong in my initial presumption, so is Professor Sherman for the winds of fate do take him to strange shores, on the mysterious island of Krakatoa peopled by seemingly ordinary people yet with a society unlike our own, closely guarding a secret the land surrounding the volcano of Krakatoa is teeming with diamonds As Profosser Sherman easily adapts on the way of life of the island s settlers, along with being its permanent guest and his vow of silence concerning their limitless wealth, so are the readers get to see the life on Krakatoa with their Gourmet Government and their various inventions as silly it may sound it makes Krakatoans live a life of ease and comfort As Du Bois pokes fun and amuses his young readers with the islanders unusual way of life, he likewise presents an ideal society, a Utopia where the residents work together and serve one another in attempt to make life on the island better and along with it manage to snatch some thematic glimpses on the subject of human greed in a community where money, in this case the precious gems, is basically rendered worthless yes, they have loads of diamonds but on the island what can you possibly buy with it when almost everybody already has it Ultimately, in the end it seems to me that Du Bois s belief of a good, if not perfect, life shares some similarities with Professor Sherman s something in between perfection can only exist in constant face of danger characterized by the risky way of life on the foot of the constantly shaky volcanic grounds of Krakatoa , and the foolishness that exists in the safety of every day life a life apart that, like a balloon in the air, goes wherever which way the wind takes you It goes to show how wonderful ballooning can be You can never tell where the wind will blow you, what fantastic good fortune they can lead you to Long live balloons Professor Wiliam Waterman Sherman_________________________Book Details Book 31 for 2011Published by Viking Press Hardcover, 1947 Re issued Edition 180 pagesRead on August, 2 2011My Rating See this review on my book blog Dark Chest of Wonders and for many others

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    My guess is I was ten years old the first time I read this book, and I absolutely loved it Fast forward to today, and the book still worked for me It s an adventure story can a retired old schoolteacher travel around the world in 40 days on a balloon and survive a huge volcanic eruption , a treasure story think bucketfuls of gigantic diamonds , and a story of science exploring the Victorian obsession with ballooning, as well as other inventions such as electric wiring, in both realistic an My guess is I was ten years old the first time I read this book, and I absolutely loved it Fast forward to today, and the book still worked for me It s an adventure story can a retired old schoolteacher travel around the world in 40 days on a balloon and survive a huge volcanic eruption , a treasure story think bucketfuls of gigantic diamonds , and a story of science exploring the Victorian obsession with ballooning, as well as other inventions such as electric wiring, in both realistic and fantastical ways This is a quick read as it s targeted towards children young adults Written today it would likely be categorized as middle grade The book uses a frame story it s a story told to an audience who also becomes a character, and as such it manages to break the show don t tell rule, largely successfully The first quarter of the book dragged a bit for me I kept thinking, get to the story already but I think this was mostly because I listened to it as a book on CD

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    Charming I ve seen this book around my whole life, becausewell, it s an old Newbery winner It never looked that interesting to me, just something I thought I might get around to eventually in my quest to read all the Newberies A couple of months back I found a like new copy at the library sale for a quarter, so I thought, Hey why not Read it aloud to my kids, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it The illustrations were perfect, since he goes into a lot of technical details about hot air ba Charming I ve seen this book around my whole life, becausewell, it s an old Newbery winner It never looked that interesting to me, just something I thought I might get around to eventually in my quest to read all the Newberies A couple of months back I found a like new copy at the library sale for a quarter, so I thought, Hey why not Read it aloud to my kids, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it The illustrations were perfect, since he goes into a lot of technical details about hot air balloons and various contraptions, and the detailed pictures and diagrams helped a great deal The story was fun, and different, and very appealing Hot air balloons Volcanoes Diamond mines Government by restaurant Old fashioned without being horribly outdated, basically

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    Retro Book ReviewThe Twenty One BalloonsBy William P ne du Bois I am a creature of habit I order the same thing every time I go to a restaurant, I stick to a routine, and my favorites are my favorites Many of the books I fell in love with as a child are, to this day, still my favorites I was once told by a colleague that many of the books I enjoy are crusty I believe a great book never goes out of style it becomes a classic that can stand the test of time Although The Twenty One Balloons Retro Book ReviewThe Twenty One BalloonsBy William P ne du Bois I am a creature of habit I order the same thing every time I go to a restaurant, I stick to a routine, and my favorites are my favorites Many of the books I fell in love with as a child are, to this day, still my favorites I was once told by a colleague that many of the books I enjoy are crusty I believe a great book never goes out of style it becomes a classic that can stand the test of time Although The Twenty One Balloons is an old classic, it is new to me Maybe it was the balloon on the cover that reminded me of my hometown summer festival Maybe it was the giant diamond on the front diamonds are a girl s best friend Whatever it was, this book kept drawing me in I finally got around to reading it and I m so glad I did My students had just read a piece on deadly volcanos and were very fascinated by the volcano at Krakatau that completely blew away an island and caused tsunamis in distant villages They asked great questions like What if this happened today or I wonder what it would have been like to live there It was a total coincidence that I happened to pick up The Twenty One Balloons that very week William P ne du Bois paints a picture of what could have happened that fateful year at Krakatau Professor Sherman is attempting to travel around the world in his hydrogen balloon Very early in his trip, he runs in to trouble and finds himself washed up on an unknown beach He awakes and is greeted by a man in a very fancy suit, which is odd since he seems to be surrounded by beach and jungle He is no sooner swept away to the middle of that jungle where is introduced to a whole village of families living in a self created utopian society We learn that the village is supported by the abundant supplies of diamonds that lie in the caverns below the ground The islanders keep the jungle thick around them so they can live in secrecy and never be discovered by passing ships Everything is perfect The only down side to living on the island is the occasional volcanic rumble, but the inhabitants have learned to live with it and go about their daily lives They even have a perfect plan should the big eruption ever come History gives us the facts about the island the big eruption does come Professor Sherman goes on to tell his story, but does anyone believe him when all the evidence has been blown away I found myself completely lost in this book I wanted to be on that island My willing suspension of disbelief was present and it felt like it could be real I wanted to talk to Professor Sherman I was so anxious to share the book with my class and discuss the possibilities It s a great classroom read aloud The Twenty One Balloons is now on my list of all time favorites It s a classic that has stood the test of time It will, and should be, enjoyed by many readers to come.Sarah Jones is a fifth grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher She lives in Battle Creek, Michigan with her husband and two children She is passionate about reading and developing children into lifelong readers

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    I m quite surprised this book was awarded a Newbery It started off with a bit of enjoyable whimsy, quickly degenerated into a quagmire of mediocre fantasy, and grew steadily into a punishing crescendo of monotony The last several chapters actually hurt It felt something like reading an uninteresting and predictable list of inventory Imagine slogging through a ship s cargo manifest But not a cool shiplike a pirate slike a freight load of something utterly unamazinglike bananas I m quite surprised this book was awarded a Newbery It started off with a bit of enjoyable whimsy, quickly degenerated into a quagmire of mediocre fantasy, and grew steadily into a punishing crescendo of monotony The last several chapters actually hurt It felt something like reading an uninteresting and predictable list of inventory Imagine slogging through a ship s cargo manifest But not a cool shiplike a pirate slike a freight load of something utterly unamazinglike bananas Page after page of descriptions of the size, weight, and volume of crates of bananas That s about how exciting this ridiculous story was It s not at all the tale of high adventure it s purported to be

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    I was not anticipating loving this book as much as I did It reads like a classic, is lighthearted and entirely fun Especially with how the pictures really illustrate some of the comical inventions and incidents A real treat that you and your family shouldn t miss Cleanliness Children s Bad WordsMild Obscenities Substitutions 1 Incident stupidName Calling 1 Incident stupid foolReligious Profanities 2 Incidents Good Lord, great heavensRomance Related 2 Incidents The word sexes i I was not anticipating loving this book as much as I did It reads like a classic, is lighthearted and entirely fun Especially with how the pictures really illustrate some of the comical inventions and incidents A real treat that you and your family shouldn t miss Cleanliness Children s Bad WordsMild Obscenities Substitutions 1 Incident stupidName Calling 1 Incident stupid foolReligious Profanities 2 Incidents Good Lord, great heavensRomance Related 2 Incidents The word sexes is used to mean gender Bizarre nude arrival on Krakatoa Illustrations 1 Incident a lady with a low, revealing dressAttitudes Disobedience 1 Incident A man lies as he doesn t want it known that he teaches.Conversation Topics 7 Incidents A sick weak man is given brandy People try to entice a man with spirits A man smokes a cigar Krakatoa was like riding on the back of some giant prehistoric animal I remember twenty pops like champagne corks in rapid succession Closer to a sensation of hell than anything we had ever experienced A Negro clown is mentioned.Parent TakeawayThis story is full of adventure A man sails off in a hot air balloon, gets caught in an ocean storm and finds himself marooned on an island peopled with rich inventors While being shown their homes and latest achievements, the volcano on the island begins to erupt Sure to engage younger kids too Like my reviews Then you should follow me Because I have hundredsjust like this one With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and or conscientious readers like me can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you re 100 pages in, so here s my attempt to help you avoid that So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads You ll see my updates as I m reading and know which books I m liking and what I m not finishing and why You ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not From swear words, to romance, to bad attitudes in children s books , I cover it all

  8. says:

    William Pene du Bois book is categorized as a young adult book, though it can easily become a beloved story for all ages Though this book was originally written in the 1940s, it is a timeless classic Winner of the Newbery Medal, this story can truly be read over and over again and still maintain the excitement I found this story completely engaging from the beginning The characters are unique and quirky with something to hide making the story a fun and thrilling read The civilization as we William Pene du Bois book is categorized as a young adult book, though it can easily become a beloved story for all ages Though this book was originally written in the 1940s, it is a timeless classic Winner of the Newbery Medal, this story can truly be read over and over again and still maintain the excitement I found this story completely engaging from the beginning The characters are unique and quirky with something to hide making the story a fun and thrilling read The civilization as well as the island seem to have appeared out of nowhere and the mystery of it all kept me reading to find out the secrets of the island and it s inhabitants.I read this book as a younger teen and absolutely loved it Being so, I decided to share it with my fifth grade class last year We were reading nonfiction information about the real island of Krakatoa and this book fit into comparing the fiction story to the nonfiction information The kids really enjoyed the outrageously hilarious events that occurred in the book I highly recommend this book to readers of fantasy and adventure It is a great read

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    Just a guess on the time I read it It was definitely 5th grade It was definitely the most memorable book I read during adolescence I credit this book as the first book I really, truly, loved The first book, gradually followed by many others, that made me realize reading could be fun Sometimes it almost feels like it was the first book I completed, the first book I held in my memory, but as I go back I realize that isn t true There were plenty books before, I m sure, mainly of the Beverly C Just a guess on the time I read it It was definitely 5th grade It was definitely the most memorable book I read during adolescence I credit this book as the first book I really, truly, loved The first book, gradually followed by many others, that made me realize reading could be fun Sometimes it almost feels like it was the first book I completed, the first book I held in my memory, but as I go back I realize that isn t true There were plenty books before, I m sure, mainly of the Beverly Cleary type, Romona Beezus stories, which I know I was amused by, but I wasn t DRAWN to them Before the 21 Balloons, and the Tripods Trilogy after that, I would almost rather be doing anything else besides reading Reading was boring reading was a chore Reading was what you did when you couldn t come up with anything else to do All that started to change in 6th grade when I had to read The White Mountains for class And The 21 Balloons was the hint before that, that my feelings about reading would change This is a most delightful story, about Professor William Waterman Sherman for a brief time W W Sherman was my alter ego when I began to write myself and his adventures on the island and community of Krakatoa, which he discovers after his own hot air balloon crash lands there On Krakatoa, there is a small utopia like society, of families named by letters of the alphabet who surround themselves in all manner of nifty inventions They live a peaceful idyllic life, made possible by the secret of the diamond mines of Krakatoa But alas, Krakatoa houses a dormant volcano, and you can probably guess that the volcano does not play nice for the entire story This book sits atop the pyramid of all my other favorite books And William Pene Dubois was the recipient of my first and not my last fan letter I adore this book

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    Half of this story is true and the other half might very well have happened Our story kicks off with the exciting discovery and rescue of a sophisticated professor named William Waterman Sherman, who is stranded in the North Atlantic amid the wreckage of twenty one sadly deflated balloons It s the first sighting of this adventurous professor since is departure from San Francisco three weeks earlier But that day he d floated off the pier in one large balloon, not twenty one How did he come t Half of this story is true and the other half might very well have happened Our story kicks off with the exciting discovery and rescue of a sophisticated professor named William Waterman Sherman, who is stranded in the North Atlantic amid the wreckage of twenty one sadly deflated balloons It s the first sighting of this adventurous professor since is departure from San Francisco three weeks earlier But that day he d floated off the pier in one large balloon, not twenty one How did he come to be helplessly adrift in this odd array of debris Sherman s fans in America are desperate for an explanation, and after some rest and pampering for the retired teacher, they get it Thus the exciting tale of The Twenty One Balloons is born, masterfully told from the perspective of this eccentric and imaginative old man.Apparently Sherman s change of plans is all thanks to a seagull who punctured his balloon whilst he floated, carefree, above the Pacific But it was all for the best in the end Sherman s necessary crash landing led to the discovery of a secret island called Krakatoa, inhabited only by twenty familiesand one incredible treasure store of diamonds The lifestyle on this almost magical island takes wealth, invention, and ingenuity to unprecedented and extremely humorous heights Sherman s riveted audience only encourages his far fetched descriptions and elaborate tales of what took place on the enchanting islanduntil the next catastrophe that led to the discovery of Sherman and the balloon wreckage in the first place.The Twenty One Balloons is one of my favorite humorous family novels Bursting with creativity and comical descriptions, it s the perfect lazy summer afternoon read for kids of all ages.Recommended read aloud age all agesRecommended read alone age 8 and upMy blog www.oursureanchor.com

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