TUESDAY, January 23rd at 7:00pm: TWENTY ONE BALLOONS Begins
Faerie Maven-Pralou reads from William Pène du Bois’ 1947 children’s classic, The Twenty-one Balloons, a Newbery Medal book in this week when the 2018 Newbery honors will be announced.
A steamship en route across the
Atlantic comes across the strange wreckage of twenty deflated gas
balloons and rescue, much to their surprise, a lone man – one Professor William
The professor had last been seen some three weeks previously, departing
aboard a giant balloon, determined to spend a year aloft and drifting on his
Now, as word spreads that the professor has been found alive and well – and in completely the wrong ocean to the one he had last been seen flying towards – the world awaits the story of how he came to circumnavigate the globe in record time, only to be fished from the wreckage of twenty balloons when he had started with just the one. When he has sufficiently rested and recovered after receiving a hero’s welcome on his homecoming, the good professor tells a tale most fantastic…
The events and ideas are based both on scientific fact and imagination, and the descriptions are accompanied by illustrations by du Bois.