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First to Fly: How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane

by Peter Busby
Illustrated by David Craig

Published by Madison Press / Crown, 2003
32 pages
ISBN: 0-375-81287-3

Ages 7-11

A captivating, highly visual chronicle of the Wright Brother's lives, and especially their accomplishments in the field of aviation. Orville and Wilbur Wright grew up in a household where they were encouraged to discover and learn, with a mother who taught them to tinker and fix. Their early fascination with flight revolved around a small, rubber-band-powered helicopter toy they called the "bat." As young men, they closely followed early efforts at human flight reported in the media, but made their living building and repairing bicycles. That mechanical experience served them well once they decided to join the ranks of those determined to fly. The narrative is accompanied by numerousotographs, diagrams explaining the brothers' theories and inventions, and original illustrations depicting their work both in the laboratory and on the field at Kitty Hawk and elsewhere, making for a wholly engaging volume. CCBC Categories: Biography and Autobiography.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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