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HARDCOVER; Published: 1/21/2003
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5234-2
Price: $ 17.00
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 11.25 x 9.25

Ages 9-13
Full-color Illustrations Throughout

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On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers changed the world when they first flew their homemade powered airplane at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In One Fine Day author Elizabeth Van Steenwyk celebrates that first flight in the form of an old-time radio play, beautifully illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. The brotherly banter of the dialogue captures the character of Wilbur and Orville Wright and the excitement of their accomplishment, while offering young readers an opportunity to reenact the drama of that important day.

Attention Teachers: To request a script for classroom use, please email publicity@eerdmans.com.
Learning Magazine, Teachers' Choice Award for Children's Books (2004)
School Library Journal
"Through introductory narration and clear, no-nonsense dialogue, Van Steenwyk tells the story of the fears, hopes, and dreams of Orville and Wilbur Wright on that fateful day in Kitty Hawk in December of 1903. Written as a radio play with suggested sound effects and accompanied by stunning half- to full-page oil paintings, it is a painless history lesson fold from the Wright brothers' point of view. . . . The exceptional illustrations are the highlight of the book."
Marion Davis Wright
"Elizabeth Van Steenwyk's account is authentic, believeable, and appropriate for the age group for which she is writing. The Wright Brothers were articulate, never verbose, and her fictional dialogue reflects that well."
Catholic Library World
"The illustrations by Bill Farnsworth are lovely and show the appropriate costumes for that time. The two Wright brothers come alive in the dialogs and help the reader or listener to become part of the dramatic scene of the first flight."
Kirkus Reviews
"This brief re-creation is easily doable in a classroom, and makes an inventive way to bring a pivotal historical event to life."
John Sanford
"This is an excellent introduction to the first powered flight and the history of aviation."