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This Level Four I Can Read book is a perfect bridge to chapter books for elementary-grade kids—and it introduces the thrilling story of the Wright Brothers, flight pioneers. It's also an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7 who are ready to read independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement fo This Level Four I Can Read book is a perfect bridge to chapter books for elementary-grade kids—and it introduces the thrilling story of the Wright Brothers, flight pioneers. It's also an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7 who are ready to read independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children. When Tom Tate hears that Wilbur and Orville Wright are building a flying machine, he can't wait to try it. Tom's dad thinks it's dangerous. Some people think the Wrights are crazy. Can Tom help the brothers get their dream off the ground? "Children will identify with the spirit of this boy who enthusiastically volunteered to try out the glider when there wasn't enough wind to lift the grown men," commented School Library Journal, which also praised the "carefully researched" illustrations. First Flight helps build reading confidence and pleasure while engaging young readers with compelling historical fiction.


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This Level Four I Can Read book is a perfect bridge to chapter books for elementary-grade kids—and it introduces the thrilling story of the Wright Brothers, flight pioneers. It's also an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7 who are ready to read independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement fo This Level Four I Can Read book is a perfect bridge to chapter books for elementary-grade kids—and it introduces the thrilling story of the Wright Brothers, flight pioneers. It's also an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7 who are ready to read independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children. When Tom Tate hears that Wilbur and Orville Wright are building a flying machine, he can't wait to try it. Tom's dad thinks it's dangerous. Some people think the Wrights are crazy. Can Tom help the brothers get their dream off the ground? "Children will identify with the spirit of this boy who enthusiastically volunteered to try out the glider when there wasn't enough wind to lift the grown men," commented School Library Journal, which also praised the "carefully researched" illustrations. First Flight helps build reading confidence and pleasure while engaging young readers with compelling historical fiction.

30 review for First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jonny

    This is a book for more advanced third-graders and it tells a story that's loosely rooted in history. It's Wright Brothers' story, but this time with the mention of a young boy named Tom. It's effective because Tom is roughly the age of the book's target audience. It's recommended, though it lacks girl characters, which could be isolating for some. This is a book for more advanced third-graders and it tells a story that's loosely rooted in history. It's Wright Brothers' story, but this time with the mention of a young boy named Tom. It's effective because Tom is roughly the age of the book's target audience. It's recommended, though it lacks girl characters, which could be isolating for some.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Noah Murphy

    I like the wright brothers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Ocampo

    I thought this was such a great beginning chapter book for children. Not only is it a picture, chapter book, it also contains a true story of Tom Tate and the Wright brothers and how they were able to discover flying. The overall theme is problem solving because throughout the chapters, when one idea wouldn't work, they would come up with another until they figured out what they needed to do. I thought that the illustrations also went along well with the story because they were able to help with I thought this was such a great beginning chapter book for children. Not only is it a picture, chapter book, it also contains a true story of Tom Tate and the Wright brothers and how they were able to discover flying. The overall theme is problem solving because throughout the chapters, when one idea wouldn't work, they would come up with another until they figured out what they needed to do. I thought that the illustrations also went along well with the story because they were able to help with the emotions and explanations of what was going on between all of the different people there. I would highly recommend this book to someone who is starting out chapter books, wants to know more about where flying started or even some of the best ways to go about problem solving.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Hands

    Tom Tate hears that Wilbur and Orville Wright are building a flying machine and he can't wait to try it. Tom's dad thinks it's dangerous and some people think the brothers are crazy. Will Tom be able to help the brothers get their dream off the ground? I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting and very educational. I would recommend this book to children 5 to 8 who love building things and using their minds to make things work. There are no diverse characters. Tom Tate hears that Wilbur and Orville Wright are building a flying machine and he can't wait to try it. Tom's dad thinks it's dangerous and some people think the brothers are crazy. Will Tom be able to help the brothers get their dream off the ground? I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting and very educational. I would recommend this book to children 5 to 8 who love building things and using their minds to make things work. There are no diverse characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Great introductory biography

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    F and p level K

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Woznik

    Very educational book

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I like how the story starts with Tom’s typical day fishing on an average day at the beach; this allows young readers to relate with the character early on.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    A good rendering of the Wright Brother's attempts to fly at Kitty Hawk; and from the perspective of the boy that assisted them. He and his father would assist the brothers with provisions, sleeping accommodations, and even flying! (Parent: if you're interested in learning more, David McCullough's "The Wright Brothers" was a fabulous read!) Reading Level: 2nd - 3rd grades Cleanliness: a boy is told to stay away from the Wright brothers and he disobeys. The word "bl**dy" is used to describe lots of A good rendering of the Wright Brother's attempts to fly at Kitty Hawk; and from the perspective of the boy that assisted them. He and his father would assist the brothers with provisions, sleeping accommodations, and even flying! (Parent: if you're interested in learning more, David McCullough's "The Wright Brothers" was a fabulous read!) Reading Level: 2nd - 3rd grades Cleanliness: a boy is told to stay away from the Wright brothers and he disobeys. The word "bl**dy" is used to describe lots of blood. **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda Branich

    This Level 4, I Can Read Book ( 'the perfect bridge to chapter books") is a great fictional biography that should appeal widely to kids about 8-10 years old. Tom Tate was born in Kitty Hawk, NC and met the Wright Brothers when they were first testing glider planes. Tom even got to ride in one! Each year Will and Orv came back, Tom and his Dad helped the two young men. Tom witnessed the historic engine-powered flight in December 1903. The illustrations in this book are fairly accurate of the cloth This Level 4, I Can Read Book ( 'the perfect bridge to chapter books") is a great fictional biography that should appeal widely to kids about 8-10 years old. Tom Tate was born in Kitty Hawk, NC and met the Wright Brothers when they were first testing glider planes. Tom even got to ride in one! Each year Will and Orv came back, Tom and his Dad helped the two young men. Tom witnessed the historic engine-powered flight in December 1903. The illustrations in this book are fairly accurate of the clothing, hairstyles, moustaches, gliders and plane of the times. There is just enough technical explanation of the wings and controls for the intended age of the readers, without going beyond their maturity level or being overwhelming. TWO THUMBS UP!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is an interesting story about a young boy who met Orville and Wilbur Wright during their numerous attempts to test their aircraft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. I marked the story as historical fiction, but the story is based on actual people and their experiences. The narrative is short and is a good book for children who are just beginning to read chapter books. The illustrations are colorful and help depict the times when the events took place. We really enjoyed reading this story togeth This is an interesting story about a young boy who met Orville and Wilbur Wright during their numerous attempts to test their aircraft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. I marked the story as historical fiction, but the story is based on actual people and their experiences. The narrative is short and is a good book for children who are just beginning to read chapter books. The illustrations are colorful and help depict the times when the events took place. We really enjoyed reading this story together.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Carlson

    I loved how this book told about the Wright Brothers from a kid's point of view. It was also very historical and accurate as there actually was a kid named Tom Tate who helped the Wright Brothers and followed them along their journey of creating the first airplane. It was a very easy read that I think a lot of children would be interested in. I loved how this book told about the Wright Brothers from a kid's point of view. It was also very historical and accurate as there actually was a kid named Tom Tate who helped the Wright Brothers and followed them along their journey of creating the first airplane. It was a very easy read that I think a lot of children would be interested in.

  13. 4 out of 5

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    Tom Tate was a real boy who lived in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and knew the Wright brothers. He was the second person to fly in their glider and witnessed Orville's historic flight. Shea does an excellent job of describing Tom's relationship with Will and Orville Wright and the development of the first flying machine. I didn't know anything about Tom before I read this book. Tom Tate was a real boy who lived in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and knew the Wright brothers. He was the second person to fly in their glider and witnessed Orville's historic flight. Shea does an excellent job of describing Tom's relationship with Will and Orville Wright and the development of the first flying machine. I didn't know anything about Tom before I read this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    This book is about the Wright Brothers who invented the first airplane. There is a little kid Tom who helps them. The book takes place in Kitty Hawk North Carolina. It's the same place where we went for the beach trip. Ethan This book is about the Wright Brothers who invented the first airplane. There is a little kid Tom who helps them. The book takes place in Kitty Hawk North Carolina. It's the same place where we went for the beach trip. Ethan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Asif

    My favorite thing in my Wright brothers book is when Orville gets into the plane and starts the engine and at first the plane is slow but when it gets going it goes faster and then the plane gets off the ground.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Lamont

    The children (two 6-year-old boys) enjoyed this one more than I did. I found the writing style a little too simplistic for the kind of kids' book it was supposed to be. The boys loved the story. The children (two 6-year-old boys) enjoyed this one more than I did. I found the writing style a little too simplistic for the kind of kids' book it was supposed to be. The boys loved the story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    MCL. Will and Orv Wright made the first airplane.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Story of a little boy meeting the Wright brothers as they perform their first flight tests. Read aloud 5-8, read alone 6-9

  19. 4 out of 5

    K.C.

    We will be visiting Kitty Hawk this summer.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    Historical fiction for 1st-2nd grade. It was fine, does a pretty good job setting the stage (I like that the year was stated at the beginning of each chapter) and explaining the event.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annie Song

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura (Book Scrounger)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Varshini Arumugam Bhuvaneswaran

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  26. 4 out of 5

    georgie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiwary Amit

  28. 5 out of 5

    Archana

  29. 4 out of 5

    Anu Kamal

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amber

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