Like most Americans, I always thought the Wright brothers invented the airplane. My Brazilian husband one day told me I was wrong – that it was actually a Brazilian by the name of Alberto Santos-Dumont.
Here's the controversy:
The Wright brothers flew their plane first, but they needed help from high winds or catapults to get it into the sky. Alberto's plane took off on its own. The Wright brothers were secretive, afraid someone would steal their idea. Santos-Dumont, who used a motorized balloon to run his errands in Paris, thought every person in the world should have a private airplane.
I wrote this book because I believe Alberto deserves more credit. THE FABULOUS FLYING MACHINES OF ALBERTO SANTOS-DUMONT tells the story of his adventures. I'm giving away five free, signed copies; to win email me at email@example.com.
The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont / Victoria Griffith / Abrams
Price: $16.95 / ISBN: 978-419700118 / Published: September, 2011
Ages 5+ / Picture book