Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers

Pamela Duncan Edwards
Illustrator:  Henry Cole 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 9
Hyperion, 2003   ISBN: 978-0786819515

Written much in the style of "This is the house that Jack built" this is a unique introductory book to the story of the Wright brothers and their extraordinary adventures. Throughout the book the reader will find a group of little mice who comment on the goings on shown in each double page spread. The author uses the mice to give the readers a lot more information than is provided in the text. They tell us about how the brothers worked as newspaper men, how they opened a bicycle shop and how they figured out what was needed to make a plane that would fly. Apparently the brothers observed some buzzards flying above their bicycle shop and seeing those big wings at work gave them the clues they needed to start building their own kites, gliders, and finally their famous first airplanes. The mice are also a source of amusement with their funny quips and antics.

In addition, these clever little rodents are featured in a timeline of flight which can be found in the front and back cover of the book. With a clever twist on the conventional picture book design, this is a wonderful tribute to the Wright brothers on the one hundred year anniversary of their historic flight at Kitty Hawk.

Readers may like to look at some of the other books that this author and illustrator have created together which include "Honk! The Story of a Prima Swanerina" and "Ed and Fred Flea."