Overview / 简介:
|Wilbur and Orville began packing the Flyer into a wooden crate. Wee's little heart skipped a beat. "They're getting ready to go to Kitty Hawk," he told his family. "If only I could go and watch them fly. What a story it would make."|
Join one indomitable mouse as he takes off on the ride of his life
Wee is a journalist who will stop at nothing to get his story. Wee is also . . . a mouse. And what better time and place for a mouse than a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, during the year 1903? Wee could think of no place he'd rather be. Except-just maybe-in the air!
Will Wee get his sky excursion, his big story for the Mouse News? With the Wright brothers around, Wee's sure to be going places. In this charming picture book, fact and (a little) fiction work together to tell a thrilling story about one courageous mouse.
From Organization / 国外机构评价:
Grade 1-3–The Wright brothers need little introduction, but Wee, the head of a mouse household, may need a little elucidation. He lives with his wife and children in the Wright brothers' bicycle shop in Dayton, OH, in 1903. He publishes a newspaper for the neighborhood mice, not unlike Orville and Wilbur, who for a time did the same–for people. He is impressed with the brothers' bicycles but is most excited about their flying machines.When they transport the Flyer to Kitty Hawk, he hides inside the crate, watches the men assemble their contraption, and manages to stow away in Orville's coat pocket during the first flight. With Wee as an engaging tag-a-long, children will begin to understand the Wrights' extraordinary feat. Quotes from the Mouse News are sprinkled throughout the narrative, and Wee even reports about the brothers' fastidious haberdashery. Winsome watercolors are an engaging complement to the text, and the mouse's face is filled with personality and expression. An author's note provides more information. This tale makes a good introduction to the inventors for wee ones.|
Foreign Customer Review / 国外客户评价:
The somewhat bland cover hides a beautifully illustrated book about "Wee" --a young mouse who lives with his family in the Wright Brothers' Dayton, Ohio bicycle shop. French illustrator Bernadette Pons' composition, and use of detail, light, and soft, shaded color gives an early Disney-look to her mostly lively pictures. (The beige sand of Kitty Hawk and the Brothers' somewhat plain inventor-wear contrast with the more vivid and 3-dimensional look of the mouse's habitat.)
Writer Timothy Gaffney is an aviation journalist and pilot, as well as a friend of the Wright family. His enthusiasm for his subject shows in the accurate and interesting narrative, which highlights the testing (progressing from kites to gliders to their first plane, "Flyer"), and his detailed description of the Flyer's first day aloft. Wee is a journalist himself, writing stories for his family's "Mouse News." At first, I thought this was an unnecessary subplot, but it provides a Wee a motive for following the Wright brothers to the testing grounds of Kitty Hawk. Wee eventually sneaks on board the Flyer, and he and the reader share the adventure and excitement of the Wright Brothers' feat.
Gaffney includes a brief biography about the brothers (which includes some scientific details about the plane), and two paragraphs about a mouse discovered by the Wrights at their Kitty Hawk encampment. As described in the story, Orville tried setting traps for the "wee" mouse, only to find that it had repeatedly the cornbread bait. (Many years later, the inventor wrote about the inventive mouse.) This is a cleverly written and illustrated book that adds interest and personality to the Wright Brothers' most famous accomplishment.
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