Great Illustrated Books

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

By Peter Busby

Crown Books for Young Readers, 2003
Pages : 32
Suggested Ages: 7 and Up
ISBN: 9780375812873

Arguably the finest of the many books published for children in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight on December 17, 1903, this scrapbook has it all: good looks; a meaty, quote-filled text that reads like a dream; scientific explanations children will inhale and understand; huge paintings, diagrams, archival photos, and a labeled drawing of the 1903 Wright Flyer to pore over; and cogent sidebar explanations of terms including wing-warping, the Wright wind tunnel they built to simulate flying conditions, and the three movements all aircraft make: pitch, roll, and yaw. (The next time they fly, your kids will understand how it all works, probably better than you do.) To round it off, the book also contains a list of important dates, a glossary, selected bibliography with books and websites, and an index. Nonfiction doesn't get any better than this.

Reviewed by : JF.


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Critics have said

"The pages are filled with large, sumptuous paintings that add a flavor of realism and an almost nostalgic feel. In addition, well-chosen images and reproductions help to inform the text."
Harriett Fargnoli, School Library Journal