The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
by Russell Freedman

 The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane is another fantastic Russell Freedman title. In fact, School Library Journal ended its review of the book by saying "Freedman's achievement is as splendid as those of his subjects."  ThisNewbery Honor book chronicles the lives of the brothers, using their own written descriptions and the accounts of observers. As in all of Freedman's books, numerous photographs accompany the text--photographs of the era, photographs taken of the men and their family, and (most interestingly) photographs taken by the men as they documented their experiments. Freedman paints the men as tireless heros, determined to prove that human flight was possible, despite an utter lack of interest from the United States government.

Reading Stats
Interest Level:      Grades 4-8
Reading Level:     age 9-12
D.R.A. Level:       not available
Lexile Measure:   Level 1160L

Topics Covered    
biographies (Language Arts--Genres)
inventions (Science)    
airplanes / fliight

Awards & Rating
Newbery Honor Book 1991
Avg Customer Rating:
4.5 stars (14)
The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

At the end of the book, Freedman provides a list of places to visit, books for further reading, a few pages discussing the photographs in the book, and an index. In all, this book is an ideal resource for student reports on the men and their invention, but it is so well written and presents the brothers as such interesting men that kids will have a hard time putting it down and certainly " cannot fail to come away with a heightened understanding of the Wrights' dedication to manned flight and to the painstakingly slow process of invention." (Publishers Weekly)

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