We have a fantastic new addition to the collection that I wanted to make sure I shared with you today, on the 40th anniversary of the passing of Charles Lindbergh. After his 1927 flight from New York to Paris, Lindbergh became a celebrity and helped convinced Americans that flying could be safe. He later became known for tragedy and controversy, but it is important to remember how much he captivated the world with his Transatlantic feat.
While Lindbergh’s inspiration to fly across the Atlantic developed after he heard of the failed attempt by René Fonck in France, Torben Kuhlmann’s book Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse makes a brave and intelligent mouse Lindbergh’s childhood hero (and future influence). Reading this book about an intrepid German mouse making his own brave trip across the Atlantic, readers can feel the same wonder and excitement that Americans felt while learning of Lindbergh’s triumph.
Captured with beautiful watercolor and pencil drawings, writer and illustrator Kuhlmann has created a gem of a book that doesn’t fit into easy to defined categories. Fans of The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and The Arrival by Shaun Tan will be captivated by this fantastic debut. It might even inspire some more reading on Lindbergh.