The Kite That Bridged Two Nations

Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge

By Alexis O'Neill; Terry Widener (Illustrator)
(Calkins Creek Books, Hardcover, 9781590789384, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 2013

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Description
Homan Walsh loves to fly his kite. And when a contest is announced to see whose kite string can span Niagara Falls, Homan is set on winning, despite the cold and the wind--and even when his kite is lost and broken. Homan's determination is beautifully captured in this soaring, poetic picture book that features Terry Widener's stunning acrylic paintings. Both author and illustrator worked with experts on both sides of the falls to accurately present Homan Walsh's story. The book also includes an extensive author's note, timeline, bibliography, and further resources.



About the Author
O'Neill is an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. She lives in Simi Valley, California.

Terry Widener is an award-winning illustrator whose picture books include "Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man" (a "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book) and "The Babe & I" (a recipient of the California Young Reader Medal), both by David A. Adler, and "Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings" (a Junior Library Guild Selection) by Deborah Hopkinson. Mr. Widener lives with his family in McKinney, Texas.
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