The illustrated adventures of a little aeroplane determined to prove his worth. Based on the Dragon Rapide, this book provides information about aviation for children in an entertaining and digestible form.
Persevere is a lonely little biplane. He used to carry passengers, but now they all travel on the bigger planes. Most of the jets look down on little Persevere, but his friend Claude, a big airliner, tries to cheer him up. It's Claude, too, who remembers Persevere when there's a problem that the large aircraft can't deal with. A rescue flight must be flown to a remote mountain airstrip - but the huge jets are too big and clumsy. For 'Persey', though, the mission is just right. His old pilot, Joe, comes out of retirement to fly him, and after a good check-up by the mechanic they set off. The mountain valleys become tighter and tighter, and the weather worsens, and the flight becomes more and more nerve-wracking; but at last Persey manages to manoeuvre down to the little landing strip. They collect their passenger, and set off on the tricky flight back. Persey and Joe return home heroes. The other aircraft crowd around to cheer, and the story of the brave little biplane's courage and determination is taken up by the media. Best of all, a new future is assured for Persey, for he is taken on by the wealthy owner of Claude's airline. He has proved himself, he is wanted: Persevere is happy at last. A tale of sadness turned to joy, of the underdog's perseverance winning through, this book will capture the imagination, stimulate the emotions, and fuel the will to win through of children everywhere. The text is colourfully illustrated and technically correct, and with the ever-increasing popularity of air shows and museums, visited by more and more youngsters, a lasting market is ensured for this attractive little volume.
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"...an uplifting story": Bucks Herald "The colour illustrated tale includes information on what the different parts of an aeroplane are used for as well as putting some flying jargon into terms which are easily digestible by children." Flyer "... an instructive tale of aviational derring-do and the-little-guy-that-wins that also serves as an accurate primer for tinies into the ways of flight. With the ever increasing numbers of free-flight kids appearing on the scene, such a book is a welcome departure from the usual children's book fare...the story also serves as a simple but instructive text on how flying folk go about their business, illustrated with extremely good watercolour images on every page. A cutaway picture shows (accurately!) the rudimentary workings of the aeroplane and a glossary gives basic aviation terminology. Similar in style and at least as endearing as all those books about a certain tank engine and his friends, the refreshing thing about this story is that it's about real flying and it's written by a pilot. ...a great hit. My No. 1 nipper ... was as enthralled as I've ever seen her with any book ... I hope that more are to come ..." Sky Wings
About Robert Spencer
Born to an RAF pilot in York, but raised in Zimbabwe, Robert Spencer studied and practised mine engineering in South Africa, then trained as a professional pilot supplying mining equipment to remote areas of the region during its most turbulent period. Moving to England as a flying instructor and airline pilot, he then sold commercial airliners to China, and is still involved in aviation.
Bravo, Persevere! by Robert Spencer
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