for The Kite That Bridged Two Nations by Alexis O'Neill and Terry Widener
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.
Publisher description retrieved from Google Books.