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As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical.  As young men, they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and any sort of machinery they could get their hands on.  As adults, the brothers worked together to invent, build, and fly the world’s first successful airplane. This is the fasci As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical.  As young men, they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and any sort of machinery they could get their hands on.  As adults, the brothers worked together to invent, build, and fly the world’s first successful airplane. This is the fascinating story of the two inventors and aviation pioneers who never lost sight of their dream: to fly, and to soar higher!


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As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical.  As young men, they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and any sort of machinery they could get their hands on.  As adults, the brothers worked together to invent, build, and fly the world’s first successful airplane. This is the fasci As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical.  As young men, they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and any sort of machinery they could get their hands on.  As adults, the brothers worked together to invent, build, and fly the world’s first successful airplane. This is the fascinating story of the two inventors and aviation pioneers who never lost sight of their dream: to fly, and to soar higher!

30 review for Who Were the Wright Brothers?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wesley Briscione

    Do you ever wonder who made and flew the first successful plane? Then you should read "Who Were the Wright Brothers". Recommended for all ages if you are interested in planes. I give it 10 out of 10 stars. -Bo Briscione Do you ever wonder who made and flew the first successful plane? Then you should read "Who Were the Wright Brothers". Recommended for all ages if you are interested in planes. I give it 10 out of 10 stars. -Bo Briscione

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leilani Cordova

    Who Were the Wright Brothers by James Buckley Jr. is a good book to read. The two main characters are Wilbur and Orville Wright. They invented the first successful airplane to ever fly, but they didn't create just that, they invented a few other things. They had to definitely face some ups and downs, the book describes how the Wright brothers got interested in airplanes. This is a good book to read if you want to learn about the first people to invent the first successful airplane. Who Were the Wright Brothers by James Buckley Jr. is a good book to read. The two main characters are Wilbur and Orville Wright. They invented the first successful airplane to ever fly, but they didn't create just that, they invented a few other things. They had to definitely face some ups and downs, the book describes how the Wright brothers got interested in airplanes. This is a good book to read if you want to learn about the first people to invent the first successful airplane.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Cox

    This book uses text and illustration to help students recognize and learn about who the Wright brothers were and how they contributed to history. The book offers information on the individual brothers, information about their life prior to fame, and information leading up and following their invention. It is a very easy to read and understand book and I would truly recommend it for a classroom setting. This book can be used in 3rd-5th grade, but I think it would be most useful in the 5th. This i This book uses text and illustration to help students recognize and learn about who the Wright brothers were and how they contributed to history. The book offers information on the individual brothers, information about their life prior to fame, and information leading up and following their invention. It is a very easy to read and understand book and I would truly recommend it for a classroom setting. This book can be used in 3rd-5th grade, but I think it would be most useful in the 5th. This is because 5th graders learn about inventors in Social Studies and one of the focuses during that lesson is on the Wright brothers. I found that it would be easy for students to use to gather information on these inventors and also be easy for many different reading levels (especially if partnered reading takes place). It would be a wonderful resource not only for simple information but also to use in a research assignment. Have students pick one of the inventors they have learned about during the unit. Those who pick the write brothers would benefit tremendously by using this book for research for said project. It is a very good book for the classroom and I really recommend it for any teachers shelf.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MaryEllen Biechele

    Who Were The Wright Brothers is a relevant biography to read with students from North Carolina! The book is an engaging account of the Wright Brothers, Orville, and Wilbur's challenges and triumphs in aviation. They were an inventive and intelligent duo with many inventions to their credit and most famously, the airplane. It was fascinating to read about the variety of businesses they excelled in throughout their lives, including a printing company, a bicycling shop and finally an aviation enter Who Were The Wright Brothers is a relevant biography to read with students from North Carolina! The book is an engaging account of the Wright Brothers, Orville, and Wilbur's challenges and triumphs in aviation. They were an inventive and intelligent duo with many inventions to their credit and most famously, the airplane. It was fascinating to read about the variety of businesses they excelled in throughout their lives, including a printing company, a bicycling shop and finally an aviation enterprise. The biography describes their young lives through the sale of the Wright Company in 1915 after Wilbur's death. This book will likely be used as a short-term read-aloud book to tie together the Fourth-Grade study of North Carolina in Social Studies with ELA and STEM assignments for an integrated lesson plan.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Wrightson

    I am really loving these books. I am wanting to read more even without my daughter. I am loving how fun they are to read. It is amazing how much you know about someone you have learned about in school and then how much you haven't learned. Like I thought their first flight was famous right from the start. Nope. It took years before they got the credit they deserved for that flight. I also didn't know about all the travel they did while trying to prove that they were the first in flight. They als I am really loving these books. I am wanting to read more even without my daughter. I am loving how fun they are to read. It is amazing how much you know about someone you have learned about in school and then how much you haven't learned. Like I thought their first flight was famous right from the start. Nope. It took years before they got the credit they deserved for that flight. I also didn't know about all the travel they did while trying to prove that they were the first in flight. They also did a lot of test and fail to get their first plane off the ground. This is just amazing. I also didn't know that a piece of their plane went to space. An amazing read for parents who has a child who loves anything to do with flight or history.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aabualsaud4

    The wright brothers wanted to build the first airplane that would fly with and an engine. But many challenges stood in their way like how to steer right and left or what size wings they needed, how would the plane look like? How do you use the engine? So they got to work but the biggest challenge was steering the plane. They were working in a bike store so they got the engine handled and all the rest. Then they try it out. This story is about perseverance and hardwork

  7. 5 out of 5

    Luke

    The Wright Brothers were brothers who grew up always moving. Their dad was a Bishop and they finally settled down in Ohio. The Brother's mom was really good at making and fixing objects especially mechanics. The brothers learned from their mom and started building the new bikes that had just been invented. After a few years of making bikes they started thinking about making something bigger and better. At the time it was a worldwide race to build a successful working airplane. The brothers joine The Wright Brothers were brothers who grew up always moving. Their dad was a Bishop and they finally settled down in Ohio. The Brother's mom was really good at making and fixing objects especially mechanics. The brothers learned from their mom and started building the new bikes that had just been invented. After a few years of making bikes they started thinking about making something bigger and better. At the time it was a worldwide race to build a successful working airplane. The brothers joined the race and ask the government where would be the best place to fly a plane, away from human activity and windy at the same time. The government replied with the town of Kitty Hawk in the outer banks of North Carolina. The brothers moved there and worked on the airplane, when something went wrong they would fix it and try again. The first and longest flight was recorded by the brothers after multiple years working and fixing in Kitty Hawk. After the brothers finished their successful airplane Wilbur took the plane to France while Orville made a replica and took it to the army to try and get it approved for them to use. Both were successful with their advertising and made plenty of money by building, selling, training pilots and training engineers. The plane got approved by the army but a few years after Wilbur died. Orville survived and lived on to see his and his brother's airplane evolve to what it was in 1948 when he died. I gave this a five out of five because it gives straight to the point details. It doesn't go off on other things that were happening it just focused on the Wright Brothers and their accomplishments. The book also gave you a background of their childhood to help you see how they got into mechanics and aviation. The book gave pictures to help describe what the author was saying. It also had a timeline in the back of the book to tell you what happened in the brother's lives and what was going on around the world while the brothers were doing what they were doing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paige Clark

    This book follows two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright. It is full of information about each of the brothers and dives into their lives. This book displays their love for inventing and working with machinery. It shows the buildup to their greatest invention, the airplane. Not only do they build an airplane, they successfully fly it. This biography is perfect for students in third through fifth grades. I would use this book during my fourth grade social studies class while studying North Carol This book follows two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright. It is full of information about each of the brothers and dives into their lives. This book displays their love for inventing and working with machinery. It shows the buildup to their greatest invention, the airplane. Not only do they build an airplane, they successfully fly it. This biography is perfect for students in third through fifth grades. I would use this book during my fourth grade social studies class while studying North Carolina. The Wright brothers play an important role in the history of NC and students are fascinated by their story. This book is full of facts and walks you through their life. Students could create a timeline of the events that lead up to the first flight. This book could also be used when discussing inventions. Even though the brothers did not invent the airplane, they were the first to get one to successfully fly. Students could try to design inventions of their own or tweak existing inventions to make them better. They could create a product design and share it with other students. This is a WOW book for me because of how the author stays true to who the characters are and facts about them. I love how he includes timelines at the back of the story for the students to reference and to clarify when events happened. The book is full of illustrations that show what the text says. This book is apart of the Who Was? series. My students love to read these books and there are numerous books from this series in our classroom library. I plan to tie this series into our informational writing that we will be working on this winter.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

    Who Were the Wright Brothers? by James Buckley Jr. and illustrated by Tom Foley and Nancy Harrison is one of the books in the award-winning "Who Was..." series focused on the youth market of readers but also interesting for adults. This one is about the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who are credited with making the first powered aircraft flight. As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical and they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working wit Who Were the Wright Brothers? by James Buckley Jr. and illustrated by Tom Foley and Nancy Harrison is one of the books in the award-winning "Who Was..." series focused on the youth market of readers but also interesting for adults. This one is about the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who are credited with making the first powered aircraft flight. As young boys, Orville and Wilbur Wright loved all things mechanical and they gained invaluable skills essential for their success by working with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and any sort of machinery they could get their hands on. As adults, the brothers invented, built, and flew the world’s first successful airplane. This book is the fascinating story of the two inventors and aviation pioneers who never lost sight of their dream: to fly! This book is an inspiring and illustrated biography and is perfect for young middle-grade readers with Black-and-white line drawings throughout, sidebars on related topics, a timeline, and a bibliography to enhance readers' understanding of the subject; one of the best I've read is The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. Written primarily for the youth market it is also an excellent way for anyone to get an overview about a specific famous individual or moment in history or as a quick refresher of basic facts if you've already read other books and just want a summary.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aiden

    This book was very interesting and fascinating. So there are 2 brothers. Orville and Wilbur wright. They are trying to make an aircraft that will successfully fly, but they have to work very hard because it is not easy. So one day Wilbur picks up a cardboard box that's about the size of a lunch tray. He turns his right hand one way and his left hand the other way. They are in the process of trying to figure out what aerodynamics is. So they go out and try this and it works! Orville was on the la This book was very interesting and fascinating. So there are 2 brothers. Orville and Wilbur wright. They are trying to make an aircraft that will successfully fly, but they have to work very hard because it is not easy. So one day Wilbur picks up a cardboard box that's about the size of a lunch tray. He turns his right hand one way and his left hand the other way. They are in the process of trying to figure out what aerodynamics is. So they go out and try this and it works! Orville was on the land while Wilbur was on the aircraft. They were super excited to share what they just accomplished. It spent so long for them to get it and they finally did. All of this was taking place in Kitty Hawk in North Carolina. So without them, we wouldn't have airplanes today. I would recommend this book to someone who has interest in airplanes. It was a really fascinating book and its crazy how they can get something that heavy into the air and flying. I would recommend this book to someone who works hard and never gives up. I would also recommend this book to some people in our class because they have been to the outer banks and where the brothers did it. I would recommend this book to someone who loves flying in an airplane. I hope whoever gets this book enjoys it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I am a big fan of The Who Was books! I did however think this book is for more mature younger elementary or upper elementary/middle school as it deals heavily with the technical aspects of their flying machines and how they came to their conclusions. I believe this part was very well done and could possibly still hold the attention of a younger reader if read slowly (one chapter a day vs the whole book in one day). I read this to my 6th grader who loves science and my 3rd grader who doesn’t und I am a big fan of The Who Was books! I did however think this book is for more mature younger elementary or upper elementary/middle school as it deals heavily with the technical aspects of their flying machines and how they came to their conclusions. I believe this part was very well done and could possibly still hold the attention of a younger reader if read slowly (one chapter a day vs the whole book in one day). I read this to my 6th grader who loves science and my 3rd grader who doesn’t understand science concepts nearly as well. My 3rd grader definitely struggled to pay attention and grew bored quickly. So reading this slowly to him was key to him understanding the main concepts the Wright brothers learned.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    I loved reading this book. It was probably one of my favorites. It's hard to say whether that's because of how it was written or because I like who it's about. The Wright brothers are super cool. They're my favorite kind of people. They found something they were passionate about and they worked hard to make their dreams come true. They wanted to fly! How cool is that?! It was almost an impossible idea, but they kept plugging away at it and fixing mistakes. I wish I could've been there when the p I loved reading this book. It was probably one of my favorites. It's hard to say whether that's because of how it was written or because I like who it's about. The Wright brothers are super cool. They're my favorite kind of people. They found something they were passionate about and they worked hard to make their dreams come true. They wanted to fly! How cool is that?! It was almost an impossible idea, but they kept plugging away at it and fixing mistakes. I wish I could've been there when the plane first flew. It must have been such an exciting moment. I wish I could've met the Wright brothers. They seem like the type of people that I would've gotten along with.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Ngo

    This book is so inspiring. It tells of two brothers, the Wright Brothers, and their amazing journey in machinery. They would always make new things and experiment with different machinery. These brothers went through ups and downs together, and never lost sight of their goal. This book is part of a series, and I am always curious to learn about other important historical figures. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else. This book is so inspiring, and I held my breath reading throu This book is so inspiring. It tells of two brothers, the Wright Brothers, and their amazing journey in machinery. They would always make new things and experiment with different machinery. These brothers went through ups and downs together, and never lost sight of their goal. This book is part of a series, and I am always curious to learn about other important historical figures. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else. This book is so inspiring, and I held my breath reading through the plane part.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Karl

    This is a biographical book about the Wright brothers. These are the brothers that built and flew the first successful airplane! I think this would be an amazing book to include in the classroom. The front cover of the book shows detailed caricatures of historical figures that the students will really enjoy. This is a novel because it is over 100 pages. It is a shorter novel since it is 105 pages, and it is a fun read. This book was published in 2014 and was written by James Buckley Junior.

  15. 5 out of 5

    AMY

    106 pages. This is one wonderful biography of some amazing inventors. I learned so much and really enjoyed this book. The timeline of their lives and world history at the time was helpful. Also there are further reading books listed and websites. Kids will enjoy this one. Highly recommended for Grades 4-5 and beyond.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sanjay Veeraraghavan

    This book is very stimulating and very motivating. In this book it tells about two skilled brothers, the Wright brothers. It tells about there amazing journey in machinery. These brothers went through there pro and cons, and never hope to achieve there goals. There achievement is a historical memory, and changed the world, and America's economy. This book is super motivating and stimulating. This book is very stimulating and very motivating. In this book it tells about two skilled brothers, the Wright brothers. It tells about there amazing journey in machinery. These brothers went through there pro and cons, and never hope to achieve there goals. There achievement is a historical memory, and changed the world, and America's economy. This book is super motivating and stimulating.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gartz

    Just another Who Was? book. What else can I say? It’s just a fun little slice of history and facts that you get to eat up in just a couple minutes. The Wright Brothers were indeed a very important part of our society and as always, these books did a great honor in giving such detailed knowledge on them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Camie

    I read this alongside my sixth grade son for a school project. I love this series of books that make it easy to learn new things. The Wright Brothers are very interesting and it makes me want to read the adult book by David McCullough. I am especially intrigued by their sister Katharine Wright who was instrumental in offering support in a myriad of ways to allow the brothers to be successful.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kellan Francis

    The brothers were amazing at creating bikes,and Airplanes because they both worked together in a bike shop to repair bikes and make them.They were so famous because they were the first people on the Earth to make an airplane.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carley Trumbower

    This is an adorable quick read that tells the true story of the lives of the Wright brothers. This would be great for young reader because it is a little bit of a longer book for young kids but it full of knowledge and a true story that children could connect to and be inspired by

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily Smithberger

    Genre: Biographical Nonfiction Grade Range: Middle Grades (4-6) I loved how simple the story was in this book. It was adapted well, but wasn't too simple to be boring. I also liked that it was short, but included all of the necessary information. Genre: Biographical Nonfiction Grade Range: Middle Grades (4-6) I loved how simple the story was in this book. It was adapted well, but wasn't too simple to be boring. I also liked that it was short, but included all of the necessary information.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    We recently got excited about building airplanes and other flying machines. The "Who was.." series, including the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart, has offered great inspiration! We recently got excited about building airplanes and other flying machines. The "Who was.." series, including the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart, has offered great inspiration!

  23. 5 out of 5

    RougeMyst

    I enjoyed reading this fun book and learning about the creators of the first plane to fly in the United States.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Xenophon Westie

    I love Who was & Who were books and I like to read about famous people. this is a good book. it has good pictures and skips the boring parts.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Some interesting facts spread throughout, but nothing of a page turner really.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maddison Aiken

    I finished this book today!!! It was amazing!!!! I knew who they were but this book told me so much more. It is in bin #66. I RECOMMEND!!!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kota

    It was very good because the brothers mistake a lot of times and, finally they made an airplane! I thot that it was good because they did not give up! So I thot that it was a good book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Terri Zumbahlen

    Like all James Buckley Jr.'s biographies this book is great for younger students. the graphics help tell the story. Like all James Buckley Jr.'s biographies this book is great for younger students. the graphics help tell the story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Turki faisal Albarakati

    I enjoyed reading it

  30. 5 out of 5

    North Landesman

    Flight is pretty cool.

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