Thursday, 6 April 2017

Taking Flight Book Review

My all-time favourite time of the day is story time with my kids. Since they were very young, we've read picture books to them at bedtime, and even now as they are growing up they still enjoy reading a good picture book.

Recently we received the beautifully illustrated book "Taking Flight" by Adam Hancher. It's based on the true story of the Wright Brothers discovering the invention of human flight.

Disclaimer: Quarto Publishing House sent us a copy of "Taking Flight" by Adam Hancher

"Taking Flight" by Adam Hancher is published 6 April 2017 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books. The date coincides with the 150th birthday anniversary of Wilbur Wright.
I read the book with my 6-year-old. He loved the story, as he too has a brother, and could relate to them playing and discovering things together. He had not heard the story of the Wright Brothers, so the book was a fantastic springboard to learn about them and explore further on the internet.

The illustrations are full of character and have a vintage feel to them. As you read you feel like you are stepping back in time. We loved the "actual" photographs of the Wright Brothers and their aeroplane at the back of the book. My son spent a long time talking about the characters, comparing their real photographs with the illustrations.

"Taking Flight" is the first book in a series of biographical books "Dare to Dream" to inspire kids that through grit, courage and determination they too can make their dreams come true. At Tech Age Kids we think it is really important to introduce kids to historical figures, who've played a part in getting us to where we are today. We celebrate a number of historical figures on the blog including Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Thomas Edison, Michael Faraday and much more.

The story of the Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville is very engaging, as they were ordinary boys, who through play discovered a passion and then pursued that dream to become a reality. They didn't shy away from failure or what others were saying about them. Some of their failures were at great personal cost.

Adam Hancher is the author-illustrator now based in East London, used analogue and digital techniques to make this book. He also wrote and illustrated "The Little Pioneer" which was published in 2016.

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