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Wilbur & Orville Wright : taking flight
McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Carolrhoda Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
120 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
A biography of the brothers who, in 1903, made the first powered, controlled flight in an airplane.
Always something to do -- Reaching for a challenge -- Afflicted with a belief -- That's happiness -- The whopper flying machine -- Taking flight -- Astounding the world -- Dawn of a new era.
Reading Level:
950 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.4 7 Quiz: 35506 Guided reading level: X.
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TL540.W7 M384 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Wilbur and Orville Wright made history when they flew their motor-powered Flyer for twelve seconds on December 17, 1903. Although Orville was the first to fly the plane, the brothers shared credit for the historic flight as they shared everything -- their home, business, plans for the future, and even a bank account. Although not immediately recognized for their accomplishment, over the next several years the brothers continued to improve their Flyer design. When Wilbur died in 1912, Orville continued to work on inventions and improving flight, but much of his passion for airplanes died with his brother. With only a dream and determination, together Wilbur and Orville Wright changed the course of transportation, aviation, and history. Book jacket.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Clearly written, thoughtful, and detailed, this biography is rich with well-researched Wright lore, much of which will be familiar to many readers. Yet McPherson carefully tells a full and complete story, managing to include some tidbits that other biographers for children may have put aside. She concludes with a nod to astronaut Neil Armstrong, who carried a piece of the Wright 1903 Flyer to the moon in 1969. The text itself is printed in an easy-to-read size and typeface interspersed with a lot of illustrative material. Some of the photos from the Wrights' early collection show damage from a 1913 flood-the spattered images add an air of authenticity and a reminder that the inventive spirit is not always perfect; and, as the text reveals, these inventors took their own pictures and developed their own film. There's one inconsistency: a suggestion that Wilbur was nervous about an upcoming speaking engagement because "he didn't like to dress up." Wilbur was the more shy of the pair but an assertion four pages earlier reads: "Always proper, Wilbur wore his usual suit coat, starched collar, and tie as he lay down in the center of the lower wing." Both brothers were always nattily dressed, a much talked-about trait at the time-no mechanic's overalls or flight suits for them. This well-researched and documented (very complete end and source notes) biography has it all in 100-plus pages.-Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1. Always Something to Dop. 7
2. Reaching for a Challengep. 18
3. Afflicted with a Beliefp. 31
4. That's Happinessp. 41
5. The Whopper Flying Machinep. 61
6. Taking Flightp. 73
7. Astounding the Worldp. 82
8. Dawn of a New Erap. 94
A Quarrel with the Smithsonianp. 106
To the Moonp. 109
Diagram of the Mechanics of Flightp. 110
Source Notesp. 112
Selected Bibliographyp. 116
Other Resourcesp. 117
Indexp. 118