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Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared

By: Alison Wilgus

Illustrator: Molly Brooks

Follow the famous aviators from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they made their famous flights. Diagrams. Brief biographies of other aviation pioneers. Biography of Katharine Wright. Glossary. Further reading. Full-color illustrations drawn in pen and ink and colored digitally.

ISBN: 9781626721401

JLG Release: Aug 2017


Series: Science Comics
Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Orville Wright (1871–1948) , Wilbur Wright (1867–1912) , Katharine Wright (1874–1929) , Aviation , Airplanes , History of flight , Science of flight , Inventors and inventions , The scientific method , Dayton, Ohio , Kitty Hawk, North Carolina , Twentieth-century U ,S , history , Biography

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NSTA Best STEM Books 2018

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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This graphic account of the Wright brothers’ achievement skimps on biographical details but tells a grand tale of invention, demonstrating how systematic research and experimentation—punctuated with occasional flashes of brilliant insight—can really pay off. Serving as narrator, interviewer, and cheerleader, Orville and WilburR This graphic account of the Wright brothers’ achievement skimps on biographical details but tells a grand tale of invention, demonstrating how systematic research and experimentation—punctuated with occasional flashes of brilliant insight—can really pay off. Serving as narrator, interviewer, and cheerleader, Orville and Wilbur’s younger sister Katharine squires readers from her brothers’ childhood encounter with a small rubber band powered “hélicoptère” invented by Alphonse Pénaud through their final triumph, then swoops through a quick history of later aviation, with particular attention to Englishman Frank Whittle’s work on turbojets in World War II. She pauses at appropriate points to survey contemporaneous aeronautical progress in France and elsewhere. She also delivers lucid explanations of Newton’s laws of motion, aerodynamics, and other significant scientific principles, as well as full, exact specs for each of the Wrights’ gliders and powered aircraft. (The small panels of brown and gold color art give way to more freely organized pages of carefully detailed monochrome diagrams and drawings.) Along with nods to many of aviation’s other early pioneers, Wilgus and Brooks close with a profile of Katharine Wright herself. VERDICT Inspirational reading for budding middle grade inventors and engineers—valuable for its broad picture of aviation’s early history and for providing specifics about the technical problems the Wright brothers faced and solved.—John Peters, Children’s Literature Consultant, New York

Book Details

ISBN

9781626721401

First Release

August 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

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Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Orville Wright (1871–1948), Wilbur Wright (1867–1912), Katharine Wright (1874–1929), Aviation, Airplanes, History of flight, Science of flight, Inventors and inventions, The scientific method, Dayton, Ohio, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Twentieth-century U,S, history, Biography,

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