To Fly: Story of the Wright Brothers   -     By: Wendie Old
    Illustrated By: Robert Andrew Parker
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To Fly: Story of the Wright Brothers

Illustrated By: Robert Andrew Parker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2002 / Hardcover

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Orville and Wilbur Wright were a fascinating pair. Not only did they invent, build, and fly the first airplane, they were also idiosyncratic individuals who had a unique relationship, sharing a home, a bank account, and a business throughout their lives. Their story is portrayed here in brief, accessible chapters, beginning with their childhood fascination with flight and love of problem solving, then detailing their early experiments and dangerous trial runs in North Carolina, and ending with their successful flights of 1903. This well-researched and personable biography is illustrated with elegant watercolors by flight enthusiast and noted artist Robert Andrew Parker, and will be published just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers's first flight. Timeline, endnotes, bibliography. Ages 7-11.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 061813347X
ISBN-13: 9780618133475
Ages: 7-11

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Publisher's Description

Orville and Wilbur Wright were a fascinating pair. Not only did they invent, build, and fly the first airplane, they were also idiosyncratic individuals who had a unique relationship, sharing a home, a bank account, and a business throughout their lives. Their story is portrayed here in brief, accessible chapters, beginning with their childhood fascination with flight and love of problem solving, then detailing their early experiments and dangerous trial runs in North Carolina, and ending with their successful flights of 1903. This well-researched and personable biography is illustrated with elegant watercolors by flight enthusiast and noted artist Robert Andrew Parker. Timeline, endnotes, bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"Consistent themes inform without undue moralizing. . . . Straightforward text employs simple sentences and familiar language. . . . Impressionistic. . . celebrat[es] the majesty of flight . . .
Horn Book

"Particularly smooth reading, sharply focused…this is no childish picture book. Old’s offering claims a Wrightful place." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"A solid book…smoothly told, with details deftly included. Parker’s watercolors…suit the daredevil ricketiness of the Wright Brothers invention." New York Review of Books

"With a straightforward text, Old's use of detail . . . is easily accessible . . . illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker are splendid." --Riverbank Review Riverbank Review

"simple sentences and familiar language ...an early chapter book...impressionistic scenes...celebrating the majesty of flight." The HORN BOOK GUIDE Horn Book Guide

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