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How people learned to fly

By: Hodgkins, Fran, 1964-.
Contributor(s): Kelley, True | Kelley, True (Illustrator) | Kelley, True (Illustrator) [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: Let's-read-and-find-out science: Let's-read-and-find-out science book: ; Let's-read-and-find-out scienceStage 2: ; Let's-read-and-find-out about: Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2006Edition: First edition.Description: pages cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780060295585 (trade bdg.); 0060295589 (trade bdg.); 9780064452212 (pbk.); 0064452212 (pbk.).Subject(s): Flight -- Juvenile literature | Flight -- History -- Juvenile literature | Aeronautics -- History -- Juvenile literatureGenre/Form: Children's nonfiction. DDC classification: 629.13
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>People have taken dangerous risks trying to fly. Some inventors built wings for their arms and flapped them like birds. Others tried to fly with balloons or tried to glide with the wind. This book describes the creative, fascinating, and wacky experiments that people tried before the airplane was invented. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It's a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.</p> <p>This is a Stage 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades. Let's-Read-And-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.</p> <p>Supports the Common Core Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.</p>

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-From the first disastrous attempts at human flight, to the Wright brothers' groundbreaking success at Kitty Hawk, to today's common use of airplanes for travel, this book explains the development of aircraft and the scientific principles behind them. Complex ideas, such as gravity and lift, are made accessible through concise explanations and excellent illustrations and diagrams, which are always bright, clear, and appealing. Readers will relate to the inviting, conversational text, and the simple experiment with paper airplanes will engage the target audience. A fabulous introduction.-Amanda Moss, Maywood Elementary School, Monona, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

This title, part of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, provides basic information about flight through brief, lively text and cheery, brightly colored illustrations. Hodgkins delivers the facts and physics simply and accessibly:  If there were no gravity, people, dogs, cats, and everything else would go flying off into space ; lift is the force that keeps wings and gliders in the air. She also explains how engines and the principles of thrust work together to get heavy aircraft off the ground and soaring. The conversational text allows the facts to be absorbed easily, and droll details in the watercolor art add to the friendly feel. Appended are some additional flying facts and an activity with a paper airplane that allows kids to see firsthand a few of the principles Hodgkins has talked about. Even kids usually intimidated by science will find this an appealing introduction.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2007 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

Hodgkins's entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series draws a visual timeline from centuries back, when humans' dreams of flying evolved into reality. The succinct, simplified text cites human efforts to fly like birds and describes the aeronautical physics of gliding using drag force, thrust and lift. Kelley's breezy illustrations convey a buoyant tone and keep the explanations understandable for curious young minds. Two pages of backmatter provide "Flying Facts" and instructions for making a paper airplane. Lightly touching on everything from the days of imagining the winged Icarus and dreaming of wings to today's nonchalance about air travel, this is a welcome addition to easy science books about humans and flight. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.