Violet The Pilot In France Review

Violet The Pilot In France Review

Violet the Pilot in​ France is​ the second book in​ children’s series written by author Bettina Bathe. This adventure involves a​ hot air balloon trip in​ Provence, France. Proud Canadian author and commercial pilot, Bettina Bathe was certain to​ include a​ Canadian flag patch on her main character’s shoulder. However, Violet the pilot also embraces the country she is​ working in​ by placing that country’s flag patch on her other shoulder.

Two young French passengers who want to​ take a​ balloon ride to​ a​ desirable location for their bike tour adventure, hire Violet’s aviation services. The ride is​ interrupted with weather problems, but Violet saves them all with her confident and quick-thinking maneuvers. Violet’s animal and insect friends are the ground crew who has their own adventure just trying to​ keep up to​ the balloon. After a​ lovely picnic feast, Violet serenades her departing passengers with a​ song on her violin.

Illustrations by Barbara Fortin depict rural France, including interesting French architecture, agriculture and fashion. These bright, bold pictures are full of​ subtle information.

The book uses a​ few French words and the reader is​ encouraged to​ bring interest in​ the globe and navigation methods in​ children through useful maps and illustrations. Readers will learn how a​ hot air balloon is​ flown - from the pre-flight set-up, testing the wind and flying techniques to​ landing a​ hot air balloon. However, Violet the Pilot in​ France offers more than entertainment and education - the author has also dedicated a​ portion of​ the sales of​ this book to​ the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Additionally, Bettina’s website ( offers contests and awards for young readers.

ISBN#: 0-9738290-0-1
Author: Bettina Bathe
Illustrator: Barbara Fortin
Publisher: Violet the Pilot Enterprises, Inc.
Published: July 2018

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