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

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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"Energetic, thoughtful text punctuated by Todd’s own words and Subisak’s inventive, warmly outlined full-color illustrations follow her life from a childhood interest in the way things work — her inventor grandfather was an influence — through her subsequent work at the U.S. Patent Office to her many trials and errors in creating prototypes and eventually a working plane.... [This book] celebrates its subject’s resilience as much as her contributions to STEM and aeronautics." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Kirsten W. Larson
Illustrator Tracy Subisak
ISBN 1629799386
Publication Date Feb 25, 2020
Publisher Calkins Creek
Language English