Synopses & Reviews
On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers took their historic first flight, and by 1909 the brothers were full-fledged celebrities. In September of that year, Wilbur and Orville finally showed the world, firsthand, just what they had achieved. andlt;BRandgt; In the United States, Wilbur delighted the crowd with spectacular flying demonstrations in New York City during the city's Hudson-Fulton Celebration. He flew over the harbor, glided past tall buildings, looped the Statue of Liberty, and even traveled up the Hudson River to Grant's Tomb. The people of New York were astonished and thrilled to witness these unbelievable flights. At the same time, Orville held daring public exhibitions in Germany and set amazing new records. He flew the highest ever, and took the longest flight with a passenger. The Wright brothers opened doors that no one knew could be opened! andlt;BRandgt; Louise Borden and Trish Marx document the extraordinary lives and achievements of two of our most celebrated American heroes, Wilbur and Orville Wright, from their humble beginnings to their later success and riches.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight! On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers take their historic first flight. By September 1909 they are celebrities, and Wilbur and Orville finally show the world what they can do. In New York City, Wilbur delights the crowd with flying demonstrations during the city's Hudson-Fulton Celebration. He flies over the harbor, loops the Statue of Liberty, and travels up the Hudson River to Grant's Tomb. At the same time, Orville holds public exhibitions in Germany. He flies the highest ever and takes the longest flight with a passenger. Louise Borden and Trish Marx here document the extraordinary lives and achievements of two of our most celebrated American heroes.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first flight by the Wright brothers, authors Borden and Marx document the extraordinary lives and achievements of two of America's most celebrated heroes. Full color.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Trish Marxandlt;/bandgt; is the author of several award-winning books for children, including andlt;Iandgt;Touching the Sky: The Flying Adventures of Wilbur and Orville Wrightandlt;/iandgt;, co-written with Louise Borden, a winner of the Association of Booksellers for Children Choices Award and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; andlt;Iandgt;Everglades Forever: Restoring America's Great Wetlandandlt;/iandgt;, a selection on the 2004 Book Links Favorites List; and andlt;Iandgt;Reaching for the Sun: Kids in Cubaandlt;/iandgt;, the recipient of the 2003 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. She lives with her family in New York City.andlt;Bandgt;Peter M. Fioreandlt;/Bandgt; has illustrated many books for children, including andlt;Iandgt;Touching the Skyandlt;/Iandgt; by Louise Borden and andlt;Iandgt;Henry David's House,andlt;/Iandgt; edited by Steven Schnur. Mr. Fiore has been interested in art since he was a young boy, and in addition to his book work, Mr. Fiore is well known as a fine artist. Mr. Fiore has received many awards and citations for his editorial illustration, including a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators.andlt;BRandgt;Mr. Fiore lives along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania with his family.