Title: Wilbur and Orville WrightWilbur and Orville Wright
Author: Augusta Stevenson
Illustrator: Robert Doremus
Pages: 192
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

I’ve already written a short synopsis of the Wright brothers’ lives in my review of The Wright Brothers, so I won’t do so again. As an installment in the Childhood of Famous Americans series, Wilbur and Orville Wright, focuses largely on the Wrights’ childhoods, but also includes stories from their days experimenting at Kitty Hawk.

Mr. Wright tells the boys a tall tale about a farmer whose corn crops grow outrageously tall – “as fast as lightning”. When Orville breathlessly asks if the corn really grows that fast somewhere in the world, Wilbur replies, “It’s a story, silly. Can’t you understand that? It’s like ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’” [pg. 57]

Wilbur and Orville host a circus in which the story of Little Red Riding Hood is reenacted. Also, Orville puts on a false face and walks around on stilts for Halloween.

Conclusion. Not the most informative biography on the Wright brothers, but still enjoyable for younger children.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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