First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers

by George Shea and Don Bolognese

Children will be intrigued to read about a boy who lived in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina,... read more

Children will be intrigued to read about a boy who lived in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, at the time the Wright Brothers were preparing for their first flight. Tom Tate was a real boy, and this chapter book for newly independent readers describes Tom's meeting with the Wright brothers and the flight he took in one of their kite gliders. It also conveys the Wright brothers' try-try again efforts over three summers in Kitty Hawk when they tested their designs for flying machines until they finally were able to sustain a man in flight. Muted color illustrations accompany the story. (Ages 6-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997

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