Annotations for Kite That Bridged Two Nations : Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge


Baker & Taylor
Presents a fictionalized version of the story of a young man who won a contest by flying his kite across Niagara Falls and inspired the construction of the first bridge across the span, connecting Canada and the United States.

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Boyds Mills Pr

Homan Walsh loves to fly his kite. And when a contest is announced to see whose kite string can span Niagara Falls, Homan is set on winning, despite the cold and the wind--and even when his kite is lost and broken. Homan's determination is beautifully captured in this soaring, poetic picture book that features Terry Widener's stunning acrylic paintings. Both author and illustrator worked with experts on both sides of the falls to accurately present Homan Walsh's story. The book also includes an extensive author's note, timeline, bibliography, and further resources.

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Boyds Mills Pr
This soaring and poetic picture book is based on the true story of Homan J. Walsh, an ordinary boy born in Ireland and raised in Niagara Falls, NY. In 1848, Homan entered a kite-flying contest. The winner's kite string would span Niagara Falls and bridge the United States and Canada. Despite biting cold and strong winds and against tremendous odds, Homan Walsh won the contest, earning him a place in history. His success also lead to the building of the first suspension bridge across the Falls, linking the two neighboring countries. Author Alexis O'Neill and illustrator Terry Widener worked closely with experts on both sides of the Falls, and the book includes author's note, timeline, bibliography and further resources.


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