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Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared


Series
Science Comics

by
Alison Wilgus
illustrated by
Molly Brooks

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
First Second
ISBN
9781626721401

Awards and Honors
NSTA Best STEM Books 2018
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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.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

128

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

GN850L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2017

Book Genres


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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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

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

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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

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