The Wright Brothers and the Airplaneby Xavier Niz, Steve Erwin, Keith Williams
Tells the story of how Wilbur and Orville Wright developed, tested, and successfully flew the first powered airplane. Written in graphic-novel format.
Children's Literature - Kathie M. JosephsI am always thrilled when I can review a book from the Graphic Library series, as they are perfect for both boys and girls who want to learn in an interesting way. What child does not like learning from a book that is in graphic style? This particular book is part of the Inventions and Discoveries Series. When I review books from "The Graphic Library" series, I never fail to learn something new. Did you know that Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the earliest inventors to study flight? He actually attempted to design a flying machine, but it was the Wright Brothers who were able to fly their glider setting a record when it flew 622.5 feet in 21 seconds. There were other aviators who claimed they were the first to invent the airplane, and the Smithsonian Institute actually declared that Samuel Pierpont Langley invented the plane. After years of fighting, Orville was able to get the Smithsonian officials to agree that he and his brother were the airplane's true inventors. The graphic format is a favorite of mine as it offers high-interest nonfiction novels. It amazes me how much information is given to the reader in just 32 pages. This book would be perfect in a classroom or school library. It also lends itself to the science and social studies classroom libraries. Graphic format makes it perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own or for young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. The author inserts a box on most pages that includes narration giving extra facts to the reader to help with comprehension. Vocabulary has been well selected, and this book is anexcellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or a full research project. At the end of the book, the author includes more facts about the Wright Brothers, a glossary, a list of internet sites, additional books for more information, and a bibliography. I highly recommend this book.
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