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The Wright Brothers for Kids: How They Invented the Airplane, 21 Activities Exploring the Science and History of Flight [Paperback]

Mary Kay Carson
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Book Description

May 1 2003 For Kids series
This activity book tells the amazing true story of how two bicycle-making brothers from Ohio, with no more than high-school educations, accomplished a feat that forever changed the world. At a time when most people still hadn't ridden in an automobile, Wilbur and Orville Wright built the first powered, heavier-than-air flying machine. Woven throughout the heartwarming story of the two brothers are activities that highlight their ingenuity and problem-solving abilities as they overcame many obstacles to achieve controlled flight. The four forces of flight-lift, thrust, gravity, and drag-and how the Wright brothers mastered them are explained in clear, simple text. Activities include making a Chinese flying top, building a kite, bird watching, and designing a paper glider, and culminate with an activity in which readers build a rubber-band-powered flyer. Included are photographs just released from the Wright brothers' personal collection, along with diagrams and illustrations. The history of human flight and its pioneers, a time line, and a complete resource section for students are also provided.

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Grade 4-8-A treasure trove of activities awaits readers of this wonderfully executed survey of the Wright brothers and their invention. The narrative flows easily and is complemented by numerous photographs that give a sense of history and this event. Boxed descriptions of other early flight pioneers enhance Carson's presentation and situate the brothers within their contextual company. The author then introduces 21 activities-hands-on opportunities with gliders; pitch, roll, and yaw; propellers; and, tangentially, Morse code (send a telegram like the Wrights); anemometer (make one to measure the wind); and scones (bake some up like Orville at Kitty Hawk). This is a valuable resource for student reports and projects, and for classroom units. The book opens with an extensive time line; a well-developed glossary, Web sites, and real sites to visit round it out.
Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"Combines a detailed and invigorating history . . . with archival projects and clear, illustrated directions." -- Publishers Weekly

“Captures on paper the challenge of flight . . . activities that highlight the physics of aerodynamics.” -- Metrokids

“Extensive and detailed.” -- The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Has 21 activities that make it fun to explore the science and history of flight.” -- Dallas Morning News, May 9, 2003

“May inspire a lifelong interest in science and industry . . . definitely a volume for the entire family to explore together.” -- Skywest

“One of the best I have ever found about the Wright brothers and the invention of human flight.” -- Kliatt

“Warm, intelligent, and fun.” -- The Coast

“With Carson’s book in hand, kids can make real flying contraptions.” -- The Middletown Journal

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for little kids June 30 2014
By Alex89
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This book is titled 'the Wright Brothers for kids'. I bought this for my plane mad 4 year old but this book is not for kids. Older teenagers yes, kids, no!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wright Brothers for Kids ---- Awesome Read! Aug. 15 2004
By C. D. Gil - Published on
My daughter had to do a book report last year on the Wright Brothers. This was a great historical book that was very readable to any child older than 9 years of age. I also read the book myself as I find this topic interesting and was very impressed with the history and activities this book introduced. I believe it was a perfect mixture of reading and activities to show the practical application of what you had just learned. My daughter and I both loved it. This book will definately increase the facination towards flying or at least give one an appreciation as to how far we've come in flight travel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars On the boring side Jan. 2 2011
By Many Hats - Published on
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Thorough review of the Wright brothers' experiments, with activities like making a glider and experimenting with lift. I thought the writing style was a bit dry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 year old LOVED the book Dec 22 2009
By MarMar - Published on
My almost 6 year old LOVED the book. He read it cover to cover by himself (reads at a 7th grade+ level) and talked about it every day. He was so sad when I returned the book to the library because he wanted to do all the experiments in it. I just bought the book for him for Christmas! He's going to be so excited! Of the hundreds of books he has rented from the library, I'm pretty sure this has been his favorite. He really enjoyed the time line in the book and enjoyed seeing how his other favorite pilots fit into the Wright Brother's lives. I definately recommend this book and so does my son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instructional reading Dec 28 2009
By J &B - Published on
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Very good for my sons to read and learn how to be inventive in their work. Great story and good activities.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids March 17 2013
By Alex Echeverria - Published on
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It has lots of things to do and tells a great story. Full of photos not seen in other places.
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