Picture Book of the week: Taking Flight by Adam Hancher about the true story of the Wright brothers

The dream of flying is as old as human race. The inspirational true story of how the Wright brothers managed to get this dream into reality is now told in a beautiful picture book by Adam Hancher’s called Taking Flight. The Wright brothers and their quest to conquer the skies is now explained step-by-step to children and published to coincide with the anniversary of Wilbur Wright’s 150th birthday.

Filled with glorious, atmospheric illustrations and with a charming, highly motivational narrative, Taking Flight teaches children the importance of enterprise and innovation, and that you should never be afraid to dream big!

This is the heart-warming story of two brothers from humble origins who went on to change the world, and a perfect example to children of the success that comes from courage, hard work and dedication! My 10 year old son Diego has always been fascinated by this story so much so that he has always expressed an interest in aircraft engineering and often found making planes with paper, cardboard, Lego, Meccano and other materials. 

This book is probably more suitable for younger children but he loved reading it aloud while enjoying the powerful illustrations. It’s one of those books which will be read many times over and passed on for generations.

The pioneering Wright brothers dared to dream of being the first men in the world to fly and pursued their dreams until they managed to take flight. 

In Taking Flight, the golden age of aviation is brought vividly to life through the story of determination, ingenuity and courage of the Wright Brothers.

The book is written and beautifully illustrated by Adam Hancher, an illustrator based in East London. Adam’s work has a strong focus on narrative illustration and his thoughtful images within Taking Flight bright the story to life.

Age Range: 4 – 7 years

Format: Hardback

Pages: 32 pages

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication Date: 06/04/2017

ISBN: 9781847809285

£11.99

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