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First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers (I Can Read Level 4) Paperback – February 18, 2003

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Grade 1-3?This easy reader tells the delightful story of young Tom Tate, a boy who assisted the Wright Brothers with experiments for their historic flying machine. The author's note identifies Tom as a real person and supplies basic facts of his life, but the story focuses only on "Will and Orv's" visits to Kittyhawk. The fictionalized dialogue is fairly realistic and the story line progresses at an even pace. Bolognese has carefully researched the watercolor illustrations, which are consistent with photographs of the events. Children will identify with the spirit of this boy who enthusiastically volunteered to try out the glider when there wasn't enough wind to lift the grown men. A fine addition.?Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 2^-3. From the I Can Read Chapter Book series, this fictionalized story from aviation history tells of Tom Tate, a boy from Kitty Hawk who befriended Orville and Wilbur Wright and took the second solo flight on their first glider. The tale does not end with Tom's flight, for he continues to watch his friends' experiments until, in 1903, he is there to see Orv take the first machine-powered flight. In addition to showing a slice of history, this intriguing book offers a good story and an inkling of the inventors' trial-and-error methods. The many well-composed illustrations, tinted with delicate watercolors, feature strong line drawings that show the characters' emotions through their faces and body language. A good introduction to the Wright brothers, from a child's point of view. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Series: I Can Read Level 4
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (February 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064442152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064442152
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 4, 2001
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My son, in second grade, was so proud of himself when he completed this book on his own- his first chapter book- that he asked me to find more of the series. Fascinated by history, this historical fiction based on the Wright brothers held his interest to the end.
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The seller shipped the book quickly. The book is broken into chapters. It is an easy read based on historical fiction. It was engaging for my daughter. She enjoyed learning about the Wright Brothers from the perspective of a child that was watching and interacting with them. I like that this story encourages kids to keep trying even when they are not successful on their first few attempts. This was a significant event in American history. I love that it has been written on a level that a first or second grade child can fluently read.
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I chose this book from the local library for my 7 year old daughter. When we got home, she read it immediately and started discussing the book. Now I have read it and will search the Internet to find more information about these actual events. This book is a keeper and I am buying a copy for our home library.
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This book is a very simple and fun introduction to the Wright's Brothers for transitional readers. I used it with one second grader and two third graders as their first chapter book we did as a group. They really enjoyed it. It was right at their reading level and perfect for our use.
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My 5-year-old did not want to put this book down until he finished it. He loved that it was true, and he related to the try, try again theme for success in the story. If you have a child within this reading level and is interested at all in airplanes, this is a winner to buy!
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My son loves this book. He reads it to me over and over and he even takes it to school for the teacher to read it to the class. He loves any books of transportion; planes, trains, and cars.
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Got this as part of my nephews, who is in first grade, Christmas gift and he loves reading this along with other books in his reading level. Really cute to listen to him learning new words and phrases and learning about history!
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I'm working with my granddaughter who is going into the third grade. Over the summer I picked out some books at her level that would interest her and she loved this one.
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