The Twenty-One Balloons by William Péne du Bois

4 out of 5 stars


Fun, imaginative story for children in fifth grade or so.

Professor William Waterman Sherman has taught children for years.  He is tired of always being on at the mercy of a clock, so when he retires he decides to travel for a year in a hot-air balloon. This way he will go where the wind takes him.

He leaves from the West Coast and about three weeks later he’s picked up off the East Coast surrounded by wreckage.  His story takes us to Krakatoa where a number of families have settled and made it a paradise for balloon enthusiasts.  They live a life of leisure with enough free time to make wonderful inventions.

Why would anyone ever want to leave?


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