The Wright Brothers: Inventors Whose Ideas Really Took Flight

The Wright Brothers: Inventors Whose Ideas Really Took Flight

by Mike Venezia

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Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Young Orville and Wilbur Wright first became fascinated with flight when their father bought them a flying toy powered by rubber bands. That fascination, along with the inventive talent they inherited from their mother, eventually led to the famous first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1909. In 1892, Wilbur and Orville began selling and repairing bikes. It was not long before they began designing and building bikes. By 1898 their business was quite successful, but their interest did not stay grounded. They were quite interested in the new field of aviation. After much trial and error, Wilbur discovered wing warping, a concept that provided control in flight and made possible the engine-powered aircraft they flew at Kitty Hawk. Amazingly, only sixty-six years after this first flight, the United States sent astronauts to the moon. This fantastic journey began with two young brothers who loved taking things apart to see how they worked. Photographs, diagrams, witty cartoons, and a glossary make this short volume in the "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists" series very accessible. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—These large-font, chatty biographies are easy to read and will fulfill most basic report requirements. The illustrations range from period photographs with excellent captions to humorous cartoons. Venezia's tone is casual, almost to the point of being distracting. The adjective "super" (e.g., "super wealthy," "super successful," etc.) is overused. Also, in some titles, there are gaps of unexplained white space. There are few juvenile biographies about Williams, who performed one of the first successful open-chest cavity surgeries. His legacy of fighting segregation in the medical community deserves a wide audience. The title about Jobs and Wozniak is useful, as it is one of the few recent biographies about two people who revolutionized the world through their work with computers. Goodall and Wright Brothers are serviceable additions. With the exception of Williams, the books do an excellent job of relating how childhood passions led to life- and world-changing discoveries and inventions. Since Williams worked throughout his childhood, little time existed for development of childhood interests.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors and Scientists Series
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7.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.10(d)
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8 - 12 Years

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