To Fly

To Fly

The Story of the Wright Brothers

By Wendie C. Old; Robert Andrew Parker (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Library Binding, 9780618133475, 48pp.

Publication Date: September 23, 2002


Orville and Wilbur Wright were a fascinating pair. Not only did they invent, build, and fly the first airplane, they were also idiosyncratic individuals who had a unique relationship, sharing a home, a bank account, and a business throughout their lives. Their story is portrayed here in brief, accessible chapters, beginning with their childhood fascination with flight and love of problem solving, then detailing their early experiments and dangerous trial runs in North Carolina, and ending with their successful flights of 1903. This well-researched and personable biography is illustrated with elegant watercolors by flight enthusiast and noted artist Robert Andrew Parker, and will be published just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight. Timeline, endnotes, bibliography.

About the Author
Wendie C. Old is a full-time librarian and the author of seven biographies for middle-grade readers. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Robert Andrew Parker who knew Jackson Pollock as a young man, is a fine artist and printmaker whose work often appears in publications such as "The New Yorker". The illustrator of the Modern Library's edition of Stendhal's "The Charterhouse of Parma", his numerous children's books include" Grandfather Tang's Story", "Sleds on Boston Common", and" Cold Feet", winner of the 2002 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

Praise For To Fly

"Consistent themes inform without undue moralizing. . . . Straightforward text employs simple sentences and familiar language. . . . Impressionistic. . . celebrat[es] the majesty of flight . . .
Horn Book

"Particularly smooth reading, sharply focusedthis is no childish picture book. Old’s offering claims a Wrightful place." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"A solid booksmoothly told, with details deftly included. Parker’s watercolorssuit the daredevil ricketiness of the Wright Brothers invention." New York Review of Books

"With a straightforward text, Old's use of detail . . . is easily accessible . . . illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker are splendid." --Riverbank Review Riverbank Review

"simple sentences and familiar language early chapter book...impressionistic scenes...celebrating the majesty of flight." The HORN BOOK GUIDE Horn Book Guide