Our Neighbor is a Strange, Strange Man
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|Format:||Hardback, 32 pages|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 March 1999|
In illustrations and simple text, tells how Melville Murrell invented the first flying machine in 1876.
Gr 1-3-The strange neighbor in this brief tale is Melville Murrell, who received a patent in 1877 for the first American "airplane"-a "weird contraption made of wood and pulleys, bolts and strings...." This picture book rescues this little-known eccentric inventor from obscurity. The short, conversational narrative by the boy who lives next door is enhanced by Krudop's bright, full-page paintings. They give life and humor to this brief moment in history when a man flew several yards in a winged platform propelled by other men pulling on ropes. Final notes show the plan of Murrell's construction and tell of its present location in the Smithsonian. The story, a slight bit of Americana, may be useful in a unit on transportation, flight, or history. However, it lacks the depth and richness of the Provensens' story of the French inventor Louis Bleriot in The Glorious Flight (Viking, 1983).-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
|Publisher: ||Orchard Books (NY)|
|Dimensions: ||28.0 x 23.0 x 0.0 centimeters (0.42 kg)|