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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (May 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556524773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556524776
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 3.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Alex89 on June 30 2014
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wright Brothers for Kids ---- Awesome Read! Aug. 15 2004
By C. D. Gil - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5 year old LOVED the book Dec 22 2009
By MarMar - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
Good book. Well written. Dec 1 2012
By Eggbuzz - Published on
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This was a library discard, but it arrived in good condition. The book is well written with many kids projects, but adults will enjoy the historic narrative.