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Follow the inspiring story of two brothers who believed that men could fly. Refusing to give up their dream, Wilbur and Orville Wright, two self-taught bicycle mechanics, built- and successfully flew- the world's first airplane. Follow the inspiring story of two brothers who believed that men could fly. Refusing to give up their dream, Wilbur and Orville Wright, two self-taught bicycle mechanics, built- and successfully flew- the world's first airplane.


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Follow the inspiring story of two brothers who believed that men could fly. Refusing to give up their dream, Wilbur and Orville Wright, two self-taught bicycle mechanics, built- and successfully flew- the world's first airplane. Follow the inspiring story of two brothers who believed that men could fly. Refusing to give up their dream, Wilbur and Orville Wright, two self-taught bicycle mechanics, built- and successfully flew- the world's first airplane.

30 review for The Wright Brothers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Korene Graham

    I read this to my 4th grade class and they loved it! It was inspiring to hear about the creativity, courage, and perseverance of the Wright brothers from childhood to adulthood.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elena Marie

    Such an awesome retelling ofThe Wright Brothers! Great read aloud! Gripping story with intimate details! My boys ages 6-13 all loved it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leeann Stouffe

    In this book, the author Quentin Reynolds’ purpose in writing it was to share the story of the Wright brothers and the airplane with the world. Although Quentin did not state his purpose directly in the book, it is clear that was his purpose. The audience for this book is a big range of ages. A 13 year old could read this book, but also an adult could read and really enjoy this book. Due to the big range of audience for this book, more people can read, enjoy, and learn about the Wright brothers. In this book, the author Quentin Reynolds’ purpose in writing it was to share the story of the Wright brothers and the airplane with the world. Although Quentin did not state his purpose directly in the book, it is clear that was his purpose. The audience for this book is a big range of ages. A 13 year old could read this book, but also an adult could read and really enjoy this book. Due to the big range of audience for this book, more people can read, enjoy, and learn about the Wright brothers. The author’s point of view in writing this book is from a source that knows the life of both Wilbur and Orville Wright. The main theme in this book is courage. Both the brothers, Wilbur and Orville never gave up on engaging the first airplane flight. They first became interested in making man fly when they would think about how kites would fly. They decided to try and be the first to make man fly and build a flying device. So they set their minds to it, didn’t give up, and finally are credited with the first airplane flight in history. The author is trying to say to the readers that even if it seems impossible, have the courage and never give up on your dreams. The way this book was written by Quentin Reynolds was mostly a narration on his part. This was very affective because even though it was not told by someone that witnessed it, it is still very affective on getting the point across. He basically tells and narrates the story of the brothers through their life in chronological order. He first starts with their childhood, then education, and then to move on to later life and how they eventually make the first airplane flight. Overall, I personally liked this book a lot, and I finished reading it fairly quickly. I also liked it because it was interesting and easy to read. One of the few things that I didn’t like about this book was that it was dry and confusing in some parts. If I could change the book I would take some of the dry parts, and complicated parts and either change them, or take them out. This is not similar to any other book I have read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Isaac, my 8 year old and I, just finished reading this book from my Father's childhood collection. Both of us loved it. We both knew much of the Wright Brother's history but were still absolutely engrossed and excited by the story all the way along. The book really focuses on the value of considering everything independently and freely and creating perfect plans before leaping in to build which I found a really valuable message. The book also focuses on the relationships between the incredibly c Isaac, my 8 year old and I, just finished reading this book from my Father's childhood collection. Both of us loved it. We both knew much of the Wright Brother's history but were still absolutely engrossed and excited by the story all the way along. The book really focuses on the value of considering everything independently and freely and creating perfect plans before leaping in to build which I found a really valuable message. The book also focuses on the relationships between the incredibly close family members which was also lovely to read. It was already really funny to Isaac to see things the late 1800's referred to as "50 years ago". Highly recommend this book for all ages.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel

    I liked it. At the very end of the book, they have dinner with the President.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ted

    It's been more than sixty years since I read this book, it remains an awe inspiring read. I'm on a mission in 2019 to re-read the Landmark History books of my youth. I'm thoroughly enjoying doing so. 94 books down, 91 to go. The difficulty will be finding all these books. I've pretty much identified all that are available on-line through public domain. I've read all available though my local and state libraries. I have a listing of books that are available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble an It's been more than sixty years since I read this book, it remains an awe inspiring read. I'm on a mission in 2019 to re-read the Landmark History books of my youth. I'm thoroughly enjoying doing so. 94 books down, 91 to go. The difficulty will be finding all these books. I've pretty much identified all that are available on-line through public domain. I've read all available though my local and state libraries. I have a listing of books that are available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and such. I'm constantly perusing used book stores. Living just outside the Washington Metroploitan area, my last line of resort will be the Library of Congress.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Justice

    Our whole family loved this one. I read it to my sons (and husband who stuck around in great interest to hear things out). They loved seeing how two brothers (like my sons are) could work so hard as a team since childhood and draw things out and make those things on their own and with encouraging family members. It is really a fun book for young minds to hear. A lot of what went on would never happen today though (people sharing ideas freely without worry or greed). Definitely great for pre-teen Our whole family loved this one. I read it to my sons (and husband who stuck around in great interest to hear things out). They loved seeing how two brothers (like my sons are) could work so hard as a team since childhood and draw things out and make those things on their own and with encouraging family members. It is really a fun book for young minds to hear. A lot of what went on would never happen today though (people sharing ideas freely without worry or greed). Definitely great for pre-teen boys! I am sure those who enjoy learning about inventors in general would like this one too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Tillman

    My kids loved this book so much, they constantly asked for more! Easy for kids to follow, but fascinating even for me as an adult. Wilbur and Orville Wright are truly one of the bright spots in history. Two men with faith, a strong friendship and love of family, amazing work ethic, and natural curiosity. As a homeschool mom and wife of a pastor, it was also fantastic reading that these two were pastor's kids and homeschooled after Wilbur received a hockey injury as a teenager. Homeschooled pasto My kids loved this book so much, they constantly asked for more! Easy for kids to follow, but fascinating even for me as an adult. Wilbur and Orville Wright are truly one of the bright spots in history. Two men with faith, a strong friendship and love of family, amazing work ethic, and natural curiosity. As a homeschool mom and wife of a pastor, it was also fantastic reading that these two were pastor's kids and homeschooled after Wilbur received a hockey injury as a teenager. Homeschooled pastor's kids who were well adjusted, successful, and happy :) ? That's a story I like!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Yahn

    I am surprised by the lower star reviews for this book. I found it an admirable book to read and inspirational for my 5th grader, offering him an example to look up to. I am sure the rosy outlook and moral stories may leave out some negative details, but I found this to be a perfect book for a child looking for inspiration and a good story. I think this will encourage an appetite for more information about the Wright Brothers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    When I was 9 or 10, I received one of these Landmark non-fiction books each month, and I devoured them. Reading this one now 60 years later, I’m impressed by the quality and significance of a story well-told, accessible to pre-teens (flows as a story with rising intensity and interest), and inspiring the young to creativity, persistence, and loyalty. Of course, Quentin Reynolds was an acclaimed writer and this account is particularly good.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    A little heavy on the moralizing, especially since it ends with the Wright Brothers being like "we'll only sell our plane to the American government so it can use it to bomb all the other countries." But I was reading it simultaneously with David McCullough's version and it was actually very accurate and informative. Worth a read. A little heavy on the moralizing, especially since it ends with the Wright Brothers being like "we'll only sell our plane to the American government so it can use it to bomb all the other countries." But I was reading it simultaneously with David McCullough's version and it was actually very accurate and informative. Worth a read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This far exceeded my expectations. Such an engaging read about Wilbur and Orville Wright as humans and as scientists. I read it with my 10 and 8 year old sons, but I enjoyed it at least as much as they did. Such thorough and readable explanations of the concepts of flight and how the Wright Brothers adapted them to a motorized device. I highly recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim D'Ambrosia

    Landmark History book. Better than most. The most fascinating character turned out to be their mother Susan, who was highly skilled herself and had a huge influence on the two brothers. The book isn't great as an overall biography, but does a good job inside its focus, which is the progress of the brothers as mechanics and inventors. Landmark History book. Better than most. The most fascinating character turned out to be their mother Susan, who was highly skilled herself and had a huge influence on the two brothers. The book isn't great as an overall biography, but does a good job inside its focus, which is the progress of the brothers as mechanics and inventors.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emma McKenzie

    The Wright brothers are really cool and I'm being the Wright sister for Halloween. They made the very first airplane. And they made a sled that can steer with a weird thingy sticking up. This book had no pictures, but I still really liked it. The Wright brothers are really cool and I'm being the Wright sister for Halloween. They made the very first airplane. And they made a sled that can steer with a weird thingy sticking up. This book had no pictures, but I still really liked it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Sheetz

    Story of the Wright brothers, their life and their exploits trying to build a powered plane that could fly. Good book to use with engineering topic of flight as well as inventors and study of history. Classroom library 3rd through 6th grade.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    3.5 informing, age-appropriate book to read to elementary children. Growing up in Dayton, OH makes this one a little more special

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is a wonderful elementary level biography of the Wright Brothers and their inventions. Fun to read and full of interesting details about their lives.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This was a great, well put together book. I really enjoyed reading and learning about the Wright brothers. They had a great mom. And they were great themselves and really pursued their interests.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Great little biography.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rainier

    A good book, easy to read, very interesting.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Woodward

    Loved this book. I thought I knew about the Wright Brothers, but I obviously didn't until I read this book. It was even suspenseful, even though you thought you knew what was going to happen. Loved this book. I thought I knew about the Wright Brothers, but I obviously didn't until I read this book. It was even suspenseful, even though you thought you knew what was going to happen.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Toby

    Fantastic story. My boys were entranced. They kept asking for “one more chapter”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Drmkk

    Such and inspiration and all because of their mother!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Pros: mention how strongly their mother influenced them. Cons: many. Missed a lot of events, including their fame starting overseas. Also too much about Orville's sickness (and nothing much about his injury from the crash!) and seems to get their characters mixed up. Pros: mention how strongly their mother influenced them. Cons: many. Missed a lot of events, including their fame starting overseas. Also too much about Orville's sickness (and nothing much about his injury from the crash!) and seems to get their characters mixed up.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Lattin

    This book blew me away. The Wright brothers are really pioneers of American Aviation. If you really thing about it, they may not have been the ones who invented the glider, but they did think hard enought that they thought of putting a motor on the glider. Engines back in the day were really heavy. An eight horsepower engine was three hundred plus pounds back then. They put a sixteen horsepower engine on their glider, and it weighed less then two hundred pounds. The Wright brothers never even gr This book blew me away. The Wright brothers are really pioneers of American Aviation. If you really thing about it, they may not have been the ones who invented the glider, but they did think hard enought that they thought of putting a motor on the glider. Engines back in the day were really heavy. An eight horsepower engine was three hundred plus pounds back then. They put a sixteen horsepower engine on their glider, and it weighed less then two hundred pounds. The Wright brothers never even graduated from high school. There was one part in the book where the Wright brothers went to Kitty Hawk to test their glider. They crashed over one hundred times and still never gave up. Then they put a eight horsepower engine on the glider, but it was too heavy to take off. Then they managed to make a lighter eight horsepower engine on the glider, but it didn't have enought power to fly very far. Finally, they made a sixteen horsepower engine under two hundred pounds. They had the longest flight time in history; a thirty nine minute flight. I would recommend this book to everyone. The Wright brothers invention was huge. It would be hard to glide to Hawaii.

  26. 5 out of 5

    David Carr

    It is interesting to see that the journalist Quentin Reynolds wrote this, and I see that Robert Penn Warren wrote one of the titles in this series (Remember the Alamo!) as did Elizabeth Janeway and others. The next time the Wright Brothers showed up in my life, I was on a dissertation committee for a student who had studied their experimental diaries as an opportunity to understand adult learning. She asked, "Why did the Wright Brothers get the plane aloft first?" -- especially when so many more It is interesting to see that the journalist Quentin Reynolds wrote this, and I see that Robert Penn Warren wrote one of the titles in this series (Remember the Alamo!) as did Elizabeth Janeway and others. The next time the Wright Brothers showed up in my life, I was on a dissertation committee for a student who had studied their experimental diaries as an opportunity to understand adult learning. She asked, "Why did the Wright Brothers get the plane aloft first?" -- especially when so many more "advanced" experimenters were working on the problem. And her answer was that the Wrights were brothers, so they communicated steadily and (literally) in a familiar way. On another level, I think it is possible that these histories led me to understand extraordinary behavior and the idea of living up to something.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Brown

    There's just something about a Landmark that keeps you hooked from the beginning of the book to the very end. This one doesn't dissapoint. The author gets you into the mind of the Wilber and Orville and shows you how they developed into the inventors that would become the first in flight. From the first sled built with their mom's input to the bike shop that they ran to the famous first motor powered flight at Kitty Hawk, the Wright brothers always did everything together. See just how they did There's just something about a Landmark that keeps you hooked from the beginning of the book to the very end. This one doesn't dissapoint. The author gets you into the mind of the Wilber and Orville and shows you how they developed into the inventors that would become the first in flight. From the first sled built with their mom's input to the bike shop that they ran to the famous first motor powered flight at Kitty Hawk, the Wright brothers always did everything together. See just how they did it in this great book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Isakskaar

    The wright brothers were two brothers who invented the first engineer plane. it all started when they were young. When they were young they were a lot of sick. they owned their own bicycle business. they would fix and build the ir own bike. When they grew older the got more advanced. they started trying to make a plane. for years they tried but on day they discovered that they could twist the wing and that would be steering. then finally on may 25, 1910, Milton Wright took his first airplane

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    I read this book aloud to a classroom of 6th graders and learned many things about the Wright Brothers that I didn't know. Reynolds' excellent narrative provides insightful perspective on the background of the Wright brothers, particularly on the influence of their brilliant mother who was a college graduate--very unusual at that time. In contrast, the Wright brothers didn't even graduate from high school! Reynolds emphasizes their trials, perseverance, research, successes, and the lessons learn I read this book aloud to a classroom of 6th graders and learned many things about the Wright Brothers that I didn't know. Reynolds' excellent narrative provides insightful perspective on the background of the Wright brothers, particularly on the influence of their brilliant mother who was a college graduate--very unusual at that time. In contrast, the Wright brothers didn't even graduate from high school! Reynolds emphasizes their trials, perseverance, research, successes, and the lessons learned from all. I highly recommend this Y/A biography!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I had prevesly read another book about the Wright Brothers but this one gave a little more about how they built all of their arplains. In the book their is a part wen Will is playing hocy and he gets hit in the mouth and then he has this terbel infecshen and he sik for a long time after words. From the time that they were farer young there allwas wontet the fly and there ceped that dream alive and there lives.

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