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Airborne : a photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright / by Mary Collins.

By: Collins, Mary, 1961-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2003Description: 63 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.ISBN: 0792269578 (Hardcover); 9780792269571 (Hardcover).Subject(s): Wright, Orville, 1871-1948 -- Juvenile literature | Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912 -- Juvenile literature | Wright, Orville, 1871-1948 -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile literature | Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912 -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile literature | Aeronautics -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Aeronautics -- United States -- Pictorial works -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 629.13/0092/273 Summary: Examines the lives of the Wright brothers and discusses their experiments and triumphs in the field of flight.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Examines the lives of the Wright brothers and discusses their experiments and triumphs in the field of flight.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-10-Airborne displays 60 duotone photographs, and the tinting or bluing-a kind of metallic color wash-gives the archival images a luminous quality and unifies the presentation. Collins has done her photo research-all her research-well. The text relates how two determined little boys grew into inventive reflective men who practiced, designed, practiced, and redesigned until they successfully mastered controlled flight and essentially "taught the world to fly." The author covers the concepts the Wright brothers had to master: pitch, yaw, and roll; and relates how hundreds of small steps led to their monumental achievement. She presents the facts in a knowing, methodical way-like the subjects, who pursued details to the fullest. For example, the brothers wrote to the National Weather Service inquiring about wind speeds and temperatures at various sites before settling on the desolate outer banks of North Carolina. The well-chosen photos give readers a feel for Kitty Hawk-windy, sandy, solitary. This is an exceptionally well-informed picture of the Wright brothers and what their 100-year-old achievement really meant-how to fly-"not lumber through the air and plop to the ground, but alight into the blue- turn and land gracefully under full control."-Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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MARY COLLINS grew up in New England, but spent most of her professional career in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a consulting writer and editor for a wide range of clients, including National Geographic and the Smithsonian,and taught writing part-time for 12 years at Johns Hopkins University's MA in Writing Program.

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