Pioneers of American Aviation
By Quentin Reynolds
We love this book; in fact
think adults should read it too.
One of the best-selling children's book series ever
This one is a must-to-have because it is bright
and lively, and fun to read.
The dream of Wilbur and Orville Wright, two self-taught
bicycle mechanics, was cared for and nurtured along the way by people
who went to work everyday and loved their kids and helped them get
to where they wanted to be.
When you think about it, that’s something
we all have in common right now.
Read this one with your kids. Buy here.
Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
by Russell Freedman
This is a clear, understandable and readable account
of how the Wright Brothers invented the airplane. Even the technical
stuff is explained in language that is not hard to understand.
The events are illustrated with lots of photographs,
many of which were taken by Orville and Wilbur Wright.
When you realize that just maybe the airplane
is the first invention to be fully documented by photographs, you
are drawn into the brothers’ single-minded passion for achieving
powered flight, for tinkering and experimenting until they could
solve the problems that had eluded other scientist for years. There
are many humanizing details (the firemen who were on “standby”
and the cows and horses who had to be shooed from the “runway”)
and excerpts from contemporary accounts make it fun to read. For
instance, in 1904, Amos Root who ran a beekeeper’s supply
shop, drove nearly 200 miles and saw the first circling flight ever
made. He wrote his own account of the event that begins the book.
Here are a few sentences:
“The machine is held until ready to start
by a sort of trap to be sprung when all is ready; then with a tremendous
flapping and snapping of the four cylinder engine, the huge machine
springs aloft. When it first turned that circle and came near the
starting point, I was right in front of it; I said then and I still
believe, it was…the grandest sight of my life!”
Wright Flyer Kite Flying Model Airplane
This one actually flies.
A scale model of the original Wright Flyer, it
has a five-foot wingspan and flies well as either a glider or a
Flight: The Story of the Wright Brothers
by Stephen Krensky, Larry Day (Illustrator)
The story of the Wright
brothers is familiar to many adults, but this adult does a great
job of telling the story to young readers.
The watercolor illustrations work to expand the
text and they let readers have a glimpse at the machine shops and
tough conditions that the Wright brothers faced at Kitty Hawk and
Kill Devil Hills.
This edition is part of the "Ready-To-Read"
series. Buy here.
The Wright Brothers:
The Birth of Modern Aviation
by Anna Sproule
Developed for grades 5 through 8, here is a clear
and concise account of the lives and times of Orville and Wilber Wright
with the story of their family life, education and their first experiments
with engineering in their bicycle repair shop.
Also included are illustrations of their workshop
and descriptions of their most famous experiments and flight trials
at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The difficulty the brothers encountered as they
tried to develop and market the first aircraft to a skeptical U.S.
government and other important facts along the way emerge in an excellent
collection here of original quotes from the Wrights themselves.
A summary of important dates, a bibliography and
a glossary are also included.
The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk
A Peanuts Cartoon Video
This video, a miniature history lesson of flight
takes off with the legend of Icarus and lands as the Wright Brothers
are born in the late 19th century.
Charlie Brown (our hero) and Linus (friend) are
invited to visit Linus' cousin Dolly in North Carolina.
Together, they witness the Wright Brothers' first
flight. Snoopy (Charlie’s dog) serves as the cheer leader to
the first flight.
Charlie gets into the act attempting to fly the Wright Brothers' kite
and it flies him instead.
The counterpoint and pad under all the action is the smooth cool-summer
sound of the great Wynton Marsalis, who now heads up New York City
Jazz at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Something for everybody here.