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Sophie Takes to the Sky

Scaredy-Cat Sophie is afraid of everything! So when a balloonist comes to the town fair, Sophie is left behind while everyone else goes to watch him fly in his marvellous balloon. She’s far too frightened of the crowds, the commotion and even riding in a horse-drawn carriage.

But Sophie longs to watch the hot-air balloon sail across the blue sky. If she could just be brave enough to face her fears, who knows where her journey might take her …


A touching tale for young readers of learning to overcome anxiety and follow your dreams.

Illustrated by Briony May Smith, this is a reimagining of the childhood of Sophie Blanchard, one of the world’s first female aeronauts.

‘A super-readable story, imbued with wonder’- Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian


‘A wonderful adventure for a little girl who overcomes all her fears… a charming story that will encourage all readers to be brave’ – Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids


‘A touching story of courage and self-belief’ – Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

‘The true story of balloonist Sophie Blanchard is beautifully retold… this special book reminds us that huge bravery and great feats often begin with little steps’ – Children’s Books Ireland, Mind Yourself reading guide.

‘… heart-warming, with beautiful illustrations… young readers are sure to be empowered by Sophie’s courage’ – Emma Dunn and Sarah Mallon, The Scotsman

‘… a really fabulous story… The atmosphere of a town fair in late 18th century France falls from the pages, enhanced by the beautiful illustrations by Briony May Smith’ – Kate Poels, BBC Radio Berkshire


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