Two American icons meet in this nonfiction picture book that tells the dramatic true tale of Wilbur Wright's flight circling the Statue of Liberty.
Robert Burleigh has written many acclaimed children's picture books, including several illustrated by Wendell Minor: Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird's Amazing Journey, Edward Hopper Paints His World, Abraham Lincoln Comes Home and If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond. The recipient of the Prairie State Award, naming him Illinois Children's Book Author of the Year, Bob lives in Chicago and Grand Haven, Michigan. robertburleigh.com Wendell Minor is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books for children, including those noted with Robert Burleigh as well as Wild Orca by Brenda Peterson and the New York Times-bestselling Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. minorart.com
Though enthusiastic commentary flanks the moment-by-moment account, the description of Wilbur's skilled, unruffled performance creates an understated tone. Realistic gouache watercolors offer varying perspectives that give scale to both statue and plane. Bookending the story is a second one about a boy who was inspired on that day; intermittent spreads depict sepia-toned portraits of Juan Trippe--who would later found Pan American Airways--alongside imagined spectator comments. --Publishers Weekly Burleigh's exciting account of Wilbur Wright's spectacular demonstration flight around the Statue of Liberty unfolds from two perspectives, captured through different narrative voices and color palettes. . .Fans of early aviation will enjoy this book, but they should make sure not to skip the back matter. --Booklist On Sept. 29, 1909, Wilbur Wright, co-inventor of the airplane, piloted his Wright Flyer around the Statue of Liberty for six and a half minutes. Awestruck spectators, most of whom had never witnessed a flight, included journalists, photographers, and 10-year-old Juan Trippe and his parents. Children read/hear the voices of Juan and his parents (set in italicized type), making their presence immediate. This punctuates the dramatic third-person narration, expressed in a terse present tense that adds suspense. --Kirkus Reviews