Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374324100, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2003
Just in time for the 2003 centennial of the Wright brothers' historic flight
The arrival of Orville and Wilbur Wright in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, with their “crazy kite” of an airplane inspires five local kids to envision their own flying machines, from sky buses that could carry hundreds of people around the world to an unbelievable machine that could go to the moon! Following each step leading up to Orville Wright’s first history-making, twelve-second flight on December 17, 1903, the children take flights of their own, letting the ocean breeze catch their coattails as they dash across the dunes.
This whimsical tale comes to life with charming prose and airy watercolors, accompanied by a pictorial time line. The author’s tribute to the most wonderful flights of all – those of the imagination – lets us soar like the Wright brothers.
"Plentiful vignettes and large-scale illustrations...[The Flyers] stands out for its ability to harness the imagination of youngest readers and make it soar." --Starred, Publishers Weekly
"An inventive and intriguing approach narrates the Wright brothers' historic flight on December 17, 2003...The breezy illustration style makes this soar, creating an airy sensation that is whimsical while providing a context for the momentous event and its impact on the future." --Kirkus Reviews