The Hindenburg by Patrick O'Brien

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A dramatic, vividly illustrated look at the tragic ship whose fiery crash ended the age of the dirigible.

Like a fabulous silvery fish, floating quietly in the ocean of air ... it seemed to be coming from another world and to be returning there like a dream.

On May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg, the largest and fastest airship ever built, exploded in a tremendous ball of fire as it came to land in Lakehurst, New Jersey. It was one of the most spectacular disasters of the twentieth century, and in a single moment ended the era of the majestic dirigible airships.

For thirty-seven years before the Hindenburg tragedy, the gigantic airships of the Zeppelin Company captivated the world as they carried thousands of passengers on luxurious transatlantic voyages. Some dreamed that the steerable, gas-filled "zeppelins," invented three years before the airplane, would fill the skies as the unrivaled way to travel over the ocean. That dream ended with the Hindenburg.

Readers of all ages will enjoy this fascinating look at the Hindenburg and the magical age of the Zeppelin airships.

About Patrick O'Brien

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Patrick O'Brien has illustrated several picture books, including Gigantic! (which he also wrote). He lives with his wife in Baltimore, Maryland.
Published October 1, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: History, Children's Books.

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O’Brien describes the crash of the Hindenburg, then takes the reader back to the beginning of the story, recounting the work of von Zeppelin in the early 1900s, explaining how the dirigibles were built, tested, and modified.

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