Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Eyewitness: Flying Machine

Eyewitness: Flying Machine

Andrew Nahum
Nonfiction  Series
For ages 8 and up
Dorling Kindersley, 2000   ISBN: 978-0789457660

Let's tell the story of flight, from the very early ideas of Leonardo da Vinci, to the present day high-speed craft which tear across our skies. It is hard to believe how much has changed in the aviation world since that fateful day in 1903 when Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first manned powered flight. Before that man had tried again and again to leave the ground but successes were limited to those attempts that were made when flight was achieved using hot air balloons.

Then the Wright brothers changed everything and our horizons widened to include a whole new world above the ground.

In the beautifully presented book complete with illustrations photographs and pictures of memorabilia of the period, the author provides us with a journey back in time to look at how aviation developed over the years. All the landmarks are discussed; we see when the first passenger plane went into service, how planes are built and how they fly, who the heroes of the field were, and much more.