Children's Book Review - Taking Flight by Adam Hancher


This is the first book in a new biographical series titled 'Dare to Dream'; a series dedicated to inspirational figures throughout history who can teach children that with grit, courage and determination you can make your dreams a reality.

Taking Flight by Adam Hancher
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication Date: 6 April 2017
ISBN-13: 9781847809285

"Meet Wilbur and Orville Wright, busy in their workshop. The brothers are always making things, but their latest project is by far the biggest...

They want to build a machine that can fly."


I'm always on the lookout for new books to read E at bedtime so when I got the opportunity to read and review Taking Flight I jumped at the chance. Not only did I think E would like it but seeing as N is becoming more and more interested in flying since her flight experience I thought she would enjoy it too.

The first thing I noticed were the beautiful bright colours and fabulous illustrations on the cover, it was just so eye catching and I'm glad to report that this continued throughout the book. We were treated to wonderful detail on every page, E always loves to talk about what is going on in the illustrations and these gave us so much to discuss!

Taking Flight by Adam Hancher

As a parent, it was great to know that not only was I reading a story to my child but also teaching her about a part of history. This brings me to the end of the book and a page titled The Wright Brothers' Lives and Legacy.

Taking Flight by Adam Hancher

While E wasn't particularly interested in this part (she's two, she just wanted to go back to the bright pictures), myself and N enjoyed finding out about Orville and Wilbur's lives in more detail. 

This book has become a regular read in our house and not just at bedtime either, E likes N to read it to her when she comes home from school.

Taking Flight by Adam Hancher

This is a lovely children's book, it's educational but can also hold a two-year-old's interest which is no mean feat! 



Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. How fabulous this sounds Kate. Grit, courage and determination are buzz words at the moment with our newly introduced character awards.

    I love that different ages can be pulled in by different things too. No mean feat :)

    Fab review.

    1. Thank you Shaz! They're great buzz words aren't they, perseverance is such an important part of daily life and the Wright brothers are a perfect example :) x


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