|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.32(w) x 12.32(h) x 0.32(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
The author of over 300 books, including children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, Jane Yolen is perhaps best known for Owl Moon, a sweet and tender picture book written in verse about a father taking his child out owling. She is also the author of The Devil’s Arithmetic, a historical fiction novella about a girl who is transported back in time to Poland during WWII.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story is told by Wilbur and Orville¿s younger sister Katharine Wright. She tells the reader that Wilbur and Orville¿s interest in planes began when their father brought home a flying toy. They dissected it and examined it until one day it broke. She tells of her brothers successful accomplishments of making a press machine, running a bicycle shop and eventually creating a flying machine on December 17 in Kitty Hawk. I didn¿t really find this book interesting even though it did have a lot of good information about the Wright brothers. The illustrations were good, but not interesting either. I did enjoy how the book was told by their sister it made it a little more personal. In the classroom I would probably do a project in creating a flying machine like a plane or a kite. Then have the students try their designs outside to see how or if the work. Another good classroom idea would be to have the students get into groups and make a poster board with the evolution of the plane from then to now.
It is no wonder that Jim Burke, artist was chosen to illustrate Jane Yolen's My Brothers' Flying Machine: Wilbur, Orville and Me. Like Jane, Jim captures emotions brilliantly. When a class of 2nd graders was asked for their comments after hearing the book read, one of the students said that 'the pictures said just what the story did.' Like Jane Yolen's text, Jim Burke's art work pays close attention to detail. This young artist is indeed a budding genius. I look forward to his next book.