Saturday, 18 February 2012

The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds

Reviewed by Xian Jin

The title of my book review is The Wright Brothers. There are 145 pages in this book. This book is about two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, who love building things. Before the Wright brothers start building things, their mother teaches them about 'wind resistance'. Wind resistance is the force that pushes against an object while travelling. The Wright brothers build many things, such as the fastest sled in town, a printing press, a folding machine and many more. As they grow, they learn to fix bicycles. The Wright brothers do not buy new bicycles- they buy old parts of bicycles and fix together to make a bicycle.

However, both Willbur and Orville are sick when they are young. Wilbur suffers a facial injury while playing hockey, which prevents him from continuing his education. Orville has a disease that cannot be cured by the doctors at that time. Orville has to stay in bed for at least one year. For the next three years he continues his education informally through reading in his father's large library. Many people think that when the Wright brothers are sick, they cannot do anything but, this is the time where they gain knowledge to help them in their flying machine in the future.

Both of them have been through hard times....but that do not stop them from going closer to their dream. They try to make a flying machine during their spare time. Then, on December 17, 1903, Orville Wright took off the world's first flying machine! The Wright brother's airplane was one of the most amazing and life-changing inventions in American history.

After reading this story, I learned that I should not give up on things easily when something is wrong. I also learned that we should help and share things with one another, rather than just ignoring each other's ideas. I recommend this book to everyone that love to read.

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