Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero
Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero

Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero

Written by Kathleen Krull & illustrated by Maurizio A.C. Quarello
4 - 8
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Feb 4, 2020
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A masterful tribute of storytelling and illustration for a national hero.

From the time he was young, Glen knows he wants to be a pilot. Aircrafts and manned flight are a new phenomenon, and Glen talks about the subject each night at the dinner table. Thoughtfully, his dad takes him to experience the novelty of flight through a short plane ride, confirming his dream of piloting his own plane. He enrolls in a new piloting course at his college, but his studies are interrupted by the start of World War II. Dedicated to flying and very patriotic, he serves during the war as a fighter pilot. After the war is over, he continues to serve in the military as a test pilot, manning the U.S. military’s first cross country supersonic flight. This, of course, all precedes his most famous accomplishment of becoming the first American to orbit Earth—and his subsequent service as a U.S. Senator. Krull skillfully captures Glenn’s full and accomplished life in a narrative that reads easily but is full of information, providing fascinating detail about the commitment and sacrifice required by Glenn and his family to complete his space journey, while also including insightful details about his childhood interests and the experiences that led him to his historic orbit. Glenn’s tradition of telling his wife Annie before leaving on a dangerous mission that he was just “going down to the corner drugstore to buy some gum,” to which Annie would reply, “Well, don’t take too long,” is a particularly tender inclusion. Quarello’s idealistic oil painting illustrations are rich and detailed—the depictions of Glenn’s orbit are particularly awe-inspiring.

What Kind of Book is Fly High, John Glenn: The Story of an American Hero


famous peopleAmericaouter space20th centurytechnologyscience and technologyaeronautics, astronautics and space science21st centuryastronautslaw and legislation


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  • John realized from an early age that he loved to fly and wanted to become a pilot. What interests have you recognized in your young reader that you can support and encourage?
  • John recognized that his experience traveling to space was the result of work done by many, many people, and he always tried to remind people of that. How do you feel when others recognize and praise your hard work?


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Book Details

Publication Date
February 4, 2020
Illustration Details
The artist used oil paints to create the illustrations for this book.
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 8 years

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