The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

by Russell Freedman

Paperback, 1993



Local notes

921 WRI




Scholastic (1993), 129 pages


Follows the lives of the Wright brothers and describes how they developed the first airplane.


Texas Bluebonnet Award (Nominee — 1993)
Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Honor — Nonfiction — 1991)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Grades 6-8 — 1993)
Cardinal Cup (Winner — 1992)
Newbery Medal (Honor Book — 1992)
Golden Kite Award (Winner — Nonfiction — 1992)
Orbis Pictus Award (Recommended Title — 1992)
Best Fiction for Young Adults (Selection — 1992)


Original publication date


Physical description

129 p.; 9.9 inches

Media reviews

[Starred Review.] Using illuminating facts and incidents to place the story of this monumental achievement in the history of aeronautics and in the brothers' personal lives, Freedman focuses on the events that led to the first successful flight and on the Wrights' subsequent improvements on their
Show More
invention. Diagrams and lucid explanations of the principles of flying make the years of tinkering, experimenting, reasoning, and problem-solving even more fascinating. ... Like Lincoln (Newbery Medal, 1988), this is familiar but retold in a manner so fresh and immediate that reading it is like discovering the material for the first time. (Nonfiction. 9+)
Show Less
1 more
Newbery winner Freedman (Lincoln: A Photobiography) has again produced a vivid, superior biography. ... he makes ample, effective use of the many astonishing photos taken by the brothers in order to better document their experiments. Youngsters cannot fail to come away with a heightened
Show More
understanding of the Wrights' dedication to manned flight and to the painstakingly slow process of invention. Ages 10-up.
Show Less

User reviews

LibraryThing member kefoley
This is a wonderful information book about the Wright Brothers and how they invented the airplane. It has wonderful pictures about the process of the airplane they made and flew. It also has pictures of the Wright Brothers.
LibraryThing member electrascaife
A good way to get kids uninterested in an interesting subject. I mean, honestly, how can a book about the invention of the airplane be this dull? Yoicks.




½ (34 ratings; 4)
Page: 0.5509 seconds