The Kite that Bridged Two Nations
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For Ages 8 - 11

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.


NEW FOR 2021!
The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: The Musical
The story of Homan Walsh’s 1848 kite flying contest over the Niagara Gorge now soars into song.  Inspired by Alexis O’Neill’s wonderful book, Paul Boyd-Batstone, Ph.D., a nationally recognized educator and songwriter; and his brother Bill Batstone, an award winning composer, instrumentalist and singer, composed and produced “The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: The Musical” (2021) as a gift for teachers and families who love this book.
The musical resource kit is designed with all the tools needed for creating school performances or for simply enjoying the recorded music while reading the book, and it’s all made available to you for free!
The free musical resource kit includes the following:
  • A complete 11 song musical with all original songs tracks + a bonus track, professionally performed and produced for listening enjoyment or rehearsal purposes (featuring on vocals, Bill Batstone and Lisa Bode Heard)
  • The same 11 song musical tracks, but with lead vocals removed for performance purposes in a karaoke format
  • A Teacher’s Performance Guide book, including detailed instructions for staging the musical, creating simple props, costuming, and performance sequencing; additionally included for each song are instructional ideas, key vocabulary, and online activities for children
  • A book of sheet music for each song, and a lyric sheet set to make printed copy for singers
Simply download the musical tracks and print materials, and you are ready to soar into song with Homan Walsh in the The Kite That Bridged Two Nations.
Track Listing:
1. Itch to Fly a Kite
2. A Winter Day
3. One Bridge
4. My Kite
5. Southwest Breeze
6. Against the Cold
7. Lost Union
8. My Father
9. A Favored Wind
10. As If She Knew
11. Reprise
12. My Kite
Download the Musical free resource kit here!
  • Price: $16.95
  • Interest Level: 8 - 11
  • Lexile: 740L
  • Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
  • Pages: 40
  • ISBN-10: 1590789385
  • ISBN-13: 9781590789384

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