Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse

Torben Kuhlmann, Author and Illustrator
Published by NorthSouth Books, Inc.

My cheeks hurt from smiling through five readings of Lindbergh!  This is a gem!

A loveable little mouse demonstrates innovation, invention, and overcoming failure through persistence using the engineering design process! He struggles, evades predators, and then succeeds in flying across the Atlantic. I enjoyed the suspenseful, hopeful, funny build up to the joyful conclusion, and read-alouders and their attentive kids over 3 will love it, too.

Parents looking for a quick bedtime story may recoil at the thickness of this picture book. But half of the pages are double page spreads filled with enchanting, enriching illustrations! Don’t shy away from Lindbergh! It’s worth owning and enjoying for years.

As a bonus, a short history of aviation is included at the end.  These mini-biographies add to the wonder of this fictional tale by introducing the real inventors of flight.

This book layers on big and bigger words for everyone: toddlers to adults:

inquisitive
curious
remarkable
swarmed
haunts
abundant
contraptions
nightmarish
exiling
rapid
feisty
mighty
countless
fortresses
ventures
ghostly
monstrosities
bellowing
alarming
components
housings
tinkered
amid
rotating
altitude
plumes
courageous
impressive
cogwheels
unleashed
aviator
determined
silhouettes
mysterious
glaring
refined
mere
chugged
spectacular
masterpiece
despite
lurked
persecutors
predators
abandon
dozing
shrouded
solitary
colossal
tremendous
skyrocketing
wildfire
fascinated
gigantic