Vivid photos and lively captions document humankind's age-old desire to fly; elucidate the principles behind lift, drag, and thrust; and reveal the inner and outer workings of everything from gliders and hot-air balloons to helicopters and fighter planes.
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Grade 4 Up-- The unique, now familiar, series format puts the development of two familiar and popular technologies in center stage. Strikingly clear images leap from a white background; numerous captions and brief text encourage browsing over methodical exploration. The whole effect is made orderly by careful layout and unobtrusive black outlines around each spread. And each book's comprehensive index allows use as reference. Flying Machine highlights early balloons and birdlike aircraft and then follows the development of powered flight into contemporary times. Highly detailed, crisp photographs are a delight. Car has no true equal in its dynamic presentation and technical detail, and will truly entertain and inform anyone interested in automobiles. The Smithsonian Book of Flight for Young People (Aladdin, 1988) by Walter J. Boyne covers much the same ground, but with more text and fewer, slightly less eye-catching illustrations. Graeme Cook's Weird and Wonderful Aircraft (Enterprise, 1975; o.p.) is a lively supplement to the basics in Flying Machine. Both it and Car have a slightly British bias in models displayed, with significant European contributions acknowledged. American developments are given proper attention, but do not dominate the works. A wealth of fascinating pictures and facts to draw in any browser. --Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY
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...a mini museum between the covers of a book. [Eyewitness series] -- The New York Times
These books' striking visual impact will draw in even the most casual readers. [Eyewitness series] -- School Library Journal
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Book Description Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0679807446
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