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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Thursday, September 9, 2010

181. The Wright Brothers: A Flying Start

The Wright Brothers: A Flying Start by Elizabeth MacLeod (Canada) - (USA)
Snapshots series

Pages: 32 pages
Ages: 8+
Finished: Sept. 3, 2010
First Published: 2002
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Genre: children, non-fiction, science, biography
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:
About 100 years ago, in just 12 seconds, the world changed forever.

Acquired: Purchased my own copy.

Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 10yo as part of our history curriculum.


Wonderful brief biography of the Wright Brothers concentrating on their invention of the airplane. Some time is spent on their childhood, bicycle shop and printing days before they got serious working on the gliders and flying machines. Written in an engaging narrative text, the story is told over two page spreads which are heavily illustrated with photos of the Wrights in action and of contemporary items and places. Once the main block of text has been read the captions to the illustrations further explain what has been read in the section. My son loved this book, as he did the previous book in the series we have read on Helen Keller and Alexander Graham Bell. A lot of information is imparted in the limited number of pages in an interesting voice and the illustrations are enough to keep even the youngest listener captive. Highly enjoyable.

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