Title: The Story of the Spirit of St. LouisThe Story of the Spirit of St. Louis
Author: R. Conrad Stein
Illustrator: Len Meents
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 7 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★★

When starting The Spirit of St. Louis, I had decided in my head exactly what it would be like. It would give a few biographical facts regarding Lindbergh, then move to give a sketchy outline of his solo flight across the Atlantic. Instead….

The Story of the Spirit of St. Louis started with a brief history of other aviators’ attempts to cross the Atlantic as well as other record breaking flights that were attempted during the 1910s and 1920s. Then, instead of mentioning what time on what day Lindbergh took off and what time on what day he landed again, instead Mr. Stein actually invited us into the plane with Lindbergh by including a series of quotes from Lindbergh’s memoirs, helping us to understand his attitude and the hardships he faced at every point in the journey.

This quote is included from Lindbergh’s memoirs.

“The fuselage behind me becomes filled with ghostly presences. . . . These phantoms speak with human voices, conversing and advising me on my flight, discussing problems of my navigation, reassuring me.” [pg.25]

I think I understand what he is referring to – when I spend extended periods alone, I feel as though I begin to have conversations within myself between different aspects of myself which almost seem disconnected from each other. But referring to them as ghosts… Nope.

Conclusion. A superb book for children interested in history or flight.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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