They Never Gave Up: Adventures in Early Aviation

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Looks at the men and women who built and flew the first aircraft, and explains how aircraft fly and how to build aerodynamically correct paper airplanes

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Gr 5-8-This history of aviation in North America focuses primarily on the early progress of Canadian flight. In addition to the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Wilkey discusses how Alexander Graham Bell was involved with the first Canadian flights and describes the efforts of men such as George and Elmer Underwood and William Wallace Gibson in creating and flying a Canadian-made plane. The text also contains chapters on airmail, the first flight across the Canadian Rockies, and trans-Canadian service. The emphasis is on how these people kept trying despite setbacks and failures. Perhaps the biggest appeal for children will be the detailed instructions in the back of the book on how to make paper airplanes. A simple explanation of how an airplane flies is appended. While Wilkey does a fine job with the pen-and-ink sketches of the aircraft, his renderings of people's faces fall flat. Overall though, this title offers a unique look at the history of aviation in Canada.-Carol Fazioli, The Brearley School, New York City, NY

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