Traces the discovery of the principles of flight and how this knowledge has been applied to, eventually successful, human attempts to fly.
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Grade 5-8-- A concise and attractive volume, this book details the search for the secret of flight. It begins with experiments and designs for airships, hot air balloons, and gliders from the 1600s; and briefly traces each discovery and development that led to the Wright Brothers' flight in 1903. The text is well written and detailed enough for junior high students, yet the layout is inviting enough for younger children . Each page includes drawings, photos , or reproductions ; all are clear and have captions . Also, the diagrams do a good job of illustrating the principles involved. Four experiments are included (such as making a hot-air balloon out of tissue paper and a blow dryer), all of which are well illustrated and explained within the capabilities of the intended age group. Layout includes lots of white space, and the different arrangements of illustrations on each page add visual impact. The amount of text ranges from one paragraph to a double-columed page, depending on the number of pictures included. One double-page spread shows various developments in airplanes since 1903. A well-made and fascinating history, sure to be popular with those who are only slightly interested as well as with readers who love anything about flight. --JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
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Book Description Aladdin Paperbacks, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0671694235