The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

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He saw the first regular airmail service introduced in 1918, the first nonstop transcontinental flight in 1923, the first round-the-world flight in 1924, the first polar flight in 1926, and the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1927. He witnessed two world wars in which the airplane played a critical role. He saw the earth shrink as the jet engine replaced propellers. He lived to see airplanes that flew faster than the speed of sound, and planes whose wings stretched ...

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Overview

He saw the first regular airmail service introduced in 1918, the first nonstop transcontinental flight in 1923, the first round-the-world flight in 1924, the first polar flight in 1926, and the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic in 1927. He witnessed two world wars in which the airplane played a critical role. He saw the earth shrink as the jet engine replaced propellers. He lived to see airplanes that flew faster than the speed of sound, and planes whose wings stretched farther than the distance of his first flight at Kitty Hawk.
There were moments when he looked back wistfully to those long-ago days when flying was still a dream that he shared with his brother. He once said, “I got more thrill out of flying before I had ever been in the air at all – while lying in bed thinking how exciting it would be to fly.”

Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Newbery winner Freedman Lincoln: A Photobiography has again produced a vivid, superior biography. This time focusing on a well-known pair of brothers, he effectively transforms our perception of the subjects as distant cultural icons into tireless, flesh-and- blood heroes. In understated, involving prose--skillfully laced with pertinent excerpts from journals, letters and contemporary accounts--Freedman lays out a clear and compelling history of the early aviation experiments that culminated in the legendary flight at Kitty Hawk. As with Lincoln , photographs are integral to Freedman's exposition and he makes ample, effective use of the many astonishing photos taken by the brothers in order to better document their experiments. Youngsters cannot fail to come away with a heightened understanding of the Wrights' dedication to manned flight and to the painstakingly slow process of invention. Ages 10-up. Apr.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Follow the lives of the Wright brothers and learn how they developed the first airplane. Early in 1899, Wilbur Wright wrote to the Smithsonian Institution for information on flight experiments. He wanted all that was known to date. His research and experiments led to the world's first powered, sustained and controlled airplane flight over the sandy dunes near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903. The airplane has been called the first major invention to be fully documented by photography. Wilbur and Orville wanted to leave a detailed pictorial record and this book contains nearly 100 photographs in 128 pages. 1992 Newbery Honor Book. 1994 orig.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
From self-taught bicycle mechanics to inventors of the first airplane is quite an amazing leap, but not when you consider the diligence, the determination, and the single-mindedness of Orville and Wilbur Wright. These bachelor brothers researched the work of others and never weakened in their resolve that man would fly. The inventive process has rarely been more vividly portrayed than in this biography. This is not only a fascinating biography of the brothers but also of their invention, which is enhanced with original photographs taken by Orville and Wilbur. 1994 orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—The Wright Brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk changed the way people viewed the world and led to the creation of modern air travel. Russell Freedman's Newbery Honor biography Holiday House, 1991 traces the brothers' lives and the events that led to manned flight. It captures the tenacity and determination of the brothers and their unwillingness to accept failure. Students will be surprised to learn that some of the devices on modern aircraft date back to their inventions. The multitude of interesting facts and minute details that draw readers into the print version seems to bog listeners down in the audiobook narrated by Knighton Bliss. The text is laced with quotes from journals, letters, eyewitness accounts, friends, and colleagues of Orville and Wilber, and sometimes the transitions between them are unclear in the audio format. The bonus disc features an interactive gallery of the photos taken by the brothers and others to document their experiments. Have the book available to facilitate note taking.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823410828
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Series: Newbery Honor Book Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 129
  • Sales rank: 325,775
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Freedman (born 1929 in San Francisco) is a biographer and author of nearly 50 books for young people. He is most notable for receiving the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography. In 1998, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his lifelong contribution to children's literature. He received one of the 2007 National Humanities Medals. He currently lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    Wright Brothers in all Their Glory

    This is an excellent informational book with wonderful photos of the happenings. There is a lot of text; therefore, this book is for very advanced readers. Great book!

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