Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane
Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane
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Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane

Written by Kirsten W. Larson & illustrated by Tracy Subisak
Published by Calkins Creek Books
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This riveting nonfiction picture book biography explores both the failures and successes of self-taught engineer Emma Lilian Todd as she tackles one of the greatest challenges of the early 1900s: designing an airplane. Emma Lilian Todd’s mind was always soaring–she loved to solve problems. Lilian tinkered and fiddled with all sorts of objects, turning dreams into useful inventions. As a child, she took apart and reassembled clocks to figure out how they worked. As an adult, typing up patents at the U.S. Patent Office, Lilian built the inventions in her mind, including many designs for flying machines. However, they all seemed too impractical. Lilian knew she could design one that worked. She took inspiration from both nature and her many failures, driving herself to perfect the design that would eventually successfully fly. Illustrator Tracy Subisak’s art brings to life author Kirsten W. Larson’s story of this little-known but important engineer.

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    Book Details

    ISBN
    9781629799384
    Publication Date
    February 25, 2020
    Reading Age
    6 - 10 years
    Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
    2019939442
    WorldCat Number (OCLC)
    1129217959
    ASIN/ISBN 10
    1629799386
    Lexile® Level
    790L

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