Fly with Maya is the story of a curious young girl who travels around the world in a hot air balloon. On her journey she meets engineers who tell her about their jobs and help her understand how her balloon works.
What makes her balloon fly?
Where will it land?
What kinds of engineers will she meet?
As Maya explores the night sky, she discovers how to use science to pilot her balloon. Join Maya on her exciting adventure and experience the wonder of our world!
Dominic Pitera is a mechanical engineer from Minnesota living in San Francisco. His passion for drawing began when he was a child and has been a hobby that has continued into his adult life. Impressed by the work of artists within his circle of family and friends, he has worked to explore various techniques and media such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, and digital art. In 2015, Dominic partnered with Kate to help bring to life her vision for Fly with Maya. The illustrations for the book were inspired by Kate’s passion for storytelling, as well as her desire to show children the opportunities that await them around the world.
The goal of First Flight Publishing, Inc. is to fulfill Kate Slattery’s vision for her children’s book series. Kate hoped Fly with Maya would show all children that they have the ability to become engineers. Children love to imagine and create new worlds to play in, and studying engineering gives them the tools to continue building these worlds as they grow older.Read More