To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers (Hardcover)

To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers By Wendie C. Old, Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator) Cover Image

To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers (Hardcover)


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Orville and Wilbur Wright were a fascinating pair. Not only did they invent, build, and fly the first airplane, they were also idiosyncratic individuals who had a unique relationship, sharing a home, a bank account, and a business throughout their lives. Their story is portrayed here in brief, accessible chapters, beginning with their childhood fascination with flight and love of problem solving, then detailing their early experiments and dangerous trial runs in North Carolina, and ending with their successful flights of 1903. This well-researched and personable biography is illustrated with elegant watercolors by flight enthusiast and noted artist Robert Andrew Parker. Timeline, endnotes, bibliography.

Wendie Old has been a storyteller and children's librarian for over 30 years. She is the author of many books for children, including To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland and can be visited online at

Robert Andrew Parker is a fine artist and printmaker whose work often appears in publications such as The New Yorker. His numerous children’s books include To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers, Across the Blue Pacific: A World War II Story, and Grandfather Tang’s Story. He lives in West Cornwall, Connecticut.
Product Details ISBN: 9780618133475
ISBN-10: 061813347X
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2002
Pages: 48
Language: English

"Consistent themes inform without undue moralizing. . . . Straightforward text employs simple sentences and familiar language. . . . Impressionistic. . . celebrat[es] the majesty of flight . . .
Horn Book

"Particularly smooth reading, sharply focused…this is no childish picture book. Old’s offering claims a Wrightful place." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"A solid book…smoothly told, with details deftly included. Parker’s watercolors…suit the daredevil ricketiness of the Wright Brothers invention." New York Review of Books

"With a straightforward text, Old's use of detail . . . is easily accessible . . . illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker are splendid." --Riverbank Review Riverbank Review

"simple sentences and familiar language early chapter book...impressionistic scenes...celebrating the majesty of flight." The HORN BOOK GUIDE Horn Book Guide —