The Wright Brothers Take Off

The Wright Brothers Take Off

by Jon Buller, Susan Schade
     
 

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Hollis loves to build model planes, so it's only natural that he chooses to do his history report on Orville and Wilbur Wright. As with all the books in the series, The Wright Brothers Take Off presents carefully researched information in an appealing, accessible, kid-friendly way. This title publishes in time for the one hundredth anniversary of the famous flight

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Hollis loves to build model planes, so it's only natural that he chooses to do his history report on Orville and Wilbur Wright. As with all the books in the series, The Wright Brothers Take Off presents carefully researched information in an appealing, accessible, kid-friendly way. This title publishes in time for the one hundredth anniversary of the famous flight in Kitty Hawk on December 17, 1903.

Written and illustrated by Jon Buller and Susan Schade.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
How refreshing to have the story of Wilbur and Orville told through a student's eyes. This book, written in the form of a book report, surpasses originality. Did you know that there were five children in the Wright family, and that Orville and Wilbur first became interested in flying when their father brought home a Chinese flying top? They played so hard with the top that it broke. So they took the parts and learned how to make their own tops. This science project led them to rubber band power, then to a model plane, then to the flight of the century. They never stopped believing in themselves regardless of how many times their experiments with flight failed. They kept putting the pieces together and sometimes even rearranging them until December 17, 1903 when their plane lasted in flight for twelve seconds and flew 120 feet. Wow! The brothers conquered gravity, but they still found that testing the plane was more fun then being famous. Jon Buller and Susan Schade have created cartoons and arranged photographs that make this reference book a must. They not only recorded the facts or the Wright brother's first flight, but they also took the story and delved into the history of aviation and where it is today. 2003, Grosset & Dunlap, Ages 5 to 8.
— Julia Beiker
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-A school assignment leads a child on an exploration of the history of flying and of the Wright brothers. Complete with brass fasteners along the spine of the cover, this book looks like the final product of that assignment. Hollis Wu explains that he chose this topic because his hobby is making model planes. The chatty text presents brief information about kites, hot-air balloons, gliders, and other early flying "contraptions." A few biographical details about the Wright brothers are provided along with a description of the rubber-band toy that motivated them to build a flying machine. Bright cartoons and captioned photographs add visual interest. The book ends by comparing and contrasting the Wright brothers' invention with modern airplanes and points out several ways that flying has changed our world. This lively and colorful title can be used to spruce up aviation and biography collections.-Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448428994
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/11/2003
Series:
Smart about History Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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