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Skyward Bound: Hot-Air Ballooning
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!
Dr. Sylvia A. Earle National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Founder, Mission B

Rainbows of color splash the pages of Skyward Bound, inviting readers to share the view and join the gatherings of high-fliers who magically ascend above the ground.

Magnificent, modern balloons are celebrated here by two beloved champions of the skies above and of the ocean depths below, Alese and Mort Pechter,  who have spent many years experiencing and documenting the ups and downs of  human exploration.

In the decades that I have known Alese and Mort, I have deeply admired their shared passion for the beauty of life 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 passion for life, their love for each other, and their deep sense of caring for all of the natural world and especially and for the generations of young explorers to come.

Jean Michel Cousteau -President Ocean Futures Society

From the deep depths of the ocean to the soaring heights of the skies, Alese and Morton Pechter never fail to excite. Their passion to explore has led them to a lifetime of adventure, and their dedication in documenting these adventures gives others the gift of discovery. . Alese and Morton have treated every day as an opportunity to explore, discover, learn, and share. Their work with the seas and skies takes kids 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. This entertaining book is both fun and educational, and I am proud of Alese and Morton for following and documenting the things that they love.

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 masse 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 Reviews               

Midwest Book Review

Beautifully illustrated with full-color photography throughout, Skyward Bound: Hot-Air Ballooning is a 72-page nonfiction picture book for children age 6 and up, all about the sport and passion of hot-air ballooning. 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 to page through. Highly recommended!