Allan Drummond The Flyers

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The Flyers

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Just in time for the 2003 centennial of the Wright brothers' historic flight

The arrival of Orville and Wilbur Wright in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with their “crazy kite” of an airplane inspires five local kids to envision their own flying machines, from sky buses that could carry hundreds of people around the world to an unbelievable machine that could go to the moon! Following each step leading up to Orville Wright’s first history-making, twelve-second flight on December 17, 1903, the children take flights of their own, letting the ocean breeze catch their coattails as they dash across the dunes.

This whimsical tale comes to life with charming prose and airy watercolors, accompanied by a pictorial time line. The author’s tribute to the most wonderful flights of all – those of the imagination – lets us soar like the Wright brothers.

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Allan Drummond is the author and illustrator of Liberty!, Casey Jones, and Moby Dick. He lives in Dedham, England.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-This look at the Wright brothers' inaugural flight never gets off the ground. As Orville and Wilbur "fly their crazy kites," a young narrator and his friends also try to fly, scooting along the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, arms flapping amid Drummond's pen-and-wash whorls and swirls, suggestive of the prevailing winds of the Outer Banks. The children provide the dialogue and asides to move the story along. They have the facts straight, and the Wrights are pictured in their usual, carefully knotted neckties and stiff collars along with their Flyer, the first airplane capable of powered sustained flight. Unfortunately, the youngsters also prattle on about what type of aircraft they would like to one day operate, and modern conveyances in sprightly pastels begin to sail across the pages. The images projected are right in step with today's youth, but less likely (even in the imagination) to occur to a child of 1903. The juxtaposition is slightly jarring. One boy imagines dropping "rocks and water bombs" on his young enemies. With a nod to political correctness, another youngster, the only girl and person of color, imagines flying to Africa to "scare the elephants and monkeys." The final spread briefly outlines aviation firsts; these highlights are a bit spotty and not exactly arranged in clear chronological order. Wendie Old's To Fly (Clarion, 2002) is head and shoulders above this slight, unfocused fare.
Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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