Title: The Wright BrothersThe-Wright-Brothers
Author: George Sullivan
Pages: 126
Recommended Ages: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

Do you know – never in my life have I flown in a plane.

#yesiknowimdeprived

Their Lives.

Although separated in age by several years (Wilbur was born in 1867, Orville in 1871) Wilbur and Orville Wright were inseparable friends and play-fellows, even as children. As they grew older, they began to co-partner in business ventures; their two favorite enterprises were printing newspapers and repairing bicycles. While in their twenties, the Wright boys opened their own bicycle repair shop and began making steady incomes.

Already inclined toward engineering and mechanics, it was natural that Wilbur and Orville should find themselves interested in the ever-advancing attempts at flight. Their first experiments were with kites and gliders.  It was in a glider that they first began their famous Kitty Hawk enterprises. But their great success came in the winter of 1903, when their engine-powered airplane first made its debut.

Unfortunately, Wilbur Wright was paranoid by the thought of others stealing his work, and, although he sought a buyer, he refused to give demonstrations of his airplane and was thus viewed with incredulity. It was not until 1908 that Wilbur finally agreed to give a public demonstration of the airplane he and Orville had built.

The rest of Wilbur’s life was spent dazzling and fighting people. Dazzling them with his invention, fighting them over its patent. At the age of forty-five, he died from typhoid fever.

Orville, on the other hand, did not enjoy the prospect of legal battles, but accepted his position as President of the Wright Company. After several years of uneasiness, he withdrew from this as well, and took up residence in Hawthorne Hill, a mansion which he had designed himself. After the patent wars ended, most of them being decided in the Wrights’ favor, Orville became a rich man. He died at the age of seventy-seven after his second heart attack.

Cautions.

None. Yay! :)

Conclusion. A fine introduction for children, The Wright Brothers will satisfy the preliminary questions about aviation and will likely spark more!

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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