Featuring lively storytelling and old-fashioned illustrations, this reader features the special relationship between the Wright brothers and their sister, Katharine, as they face fascinating and exciting adventures leading up to and during their early days of flight.
|Suggested Grade: 3rd|
|Author: Lois Mills|
|Softbound: 147 pages|
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Christian Liberty Press is a company that has already proved itself in the homeschooling community. Michael McHugh, "the guy at the top," has a real vision for this company, which just keeps growing more popular among homeschool families. Mr. McHugh has written a number of books, some of which you will see reviewed here, in this section of the website and in the magazine itself.
This book, The Story of the Wright Brothers and their Sister, written by Lois Mills, is just another Christian Liberty Press treasure.
We took to it immediately because we are actually related to the Wright Brothers. My maiden name is Wright, and my grandmother used to tell of our distant cousins, Wilbur and Orville (and Katharine! although she never mentioned her) Wright. This book is wonderful - it reads just like a Little House on the Prairie book. Very much reminds me of one. The author tells the story of the Wrights' incredible story of painful trials and errors, but through the eyes of their devoted sister, Katharine. We watched her own heart be trampled by the cruelty of scoffers. My sons and husband listened on as we read this book aloud in family time. Every few paragraphs or so, my husband would break in for excellent commentary and lessons. This is a CHARACTER BUILDING BOOK. If you want your sons to learn how to love and cherish their sisters, READ THEM THIS BOOK. My three sons have one little sister (a little monster at times!), and we could see the light bulb go off in them as the chapters unfolded in the book. Cries of protest would erupt as we would come to a close in the evenings. "Tomorrow - tomorrow, we'll continue" (more cries!).
Not only is this a character builder, but also, of course, a history and science lesson. Talk about a great unit study supplement. Very cross-curricular learning!
We had a blast, and I would agree wholeheartedly with my 11-year-old son, Lukey, when he says about it, "The best part was how the older brothers treated their sister. I like it because they never gave up. They kept trying even though they failed many times. This book is excellent!?"