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Children's LiteratureOne hundred years ago, the Wright Brothers made a successful controlled flight at Kitty Hawk, NC. It didn't happen overnight and it didn't happen without mishaps and lots of hard work. Orville and Wilbur had built a flying machine-a glider-and young Tom Tate wanted to fly. He got his chance. His father and uncle were helping the Wright brothers. It was 1900 and the brothers were trying to perfect their flying machine. They came back the next year, but still had problems. In 1912 they were back again and this time they knew they wanted their machine to be powered by an engine so that they could control the flight. Then in 1903, they succeeded, and Tom was witness to it all. The author's note at the end is a very nice touch. 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot