You Wouldn't Want to Be on the First Flying Machine!

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Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
Part of the "You Would not Want to Be" series, this book puts young readers into the life of Orville Wright, the first man to successfully fly an airplane. With Antram's hilarious, cartoon-style illustrations to help tell the story, Graham walks young readers through the life of Orville Wright, as he and his brother Wilbur embark on the epic journey to become the fathers of modern flight. From the toy helicopter they shared when they were children to the many failed aviation experiments, the successful first flight at Kitty Hawk and beyond, readers will laugh their way through the story of how the first flying machines came to be. A table of contents and an index make it easy to look up specific points in Orville and Wilbur's story, and a glossary at the end of the book makes the text easy to understand. The story is incredibly thorough, including more details than are often mentioned in biographies geared toward young audiences. However, this is not an ordinary, just-the-facts biography. Graham and Antram have created a laugh-out-loud romp through history sure to leave children of all ages wanting more. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531230428
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: You Wouldn't Want to
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 544,487
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Graham
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.
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