One Fine Day: A Radio Play
Elizabeth Van Steenwyk. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, $16 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8028-5234-2
The Wright Brothers' historic flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on December 17, 1903, takes center stage in One Fine Day: A Radio Play by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, illus. by Bill Farnsworth. The colloquial script makes it accessible for students to dramatize (""Orville: (Excited) How far did I go? How far? Tell me./ Wilbur: Don't know yet, till I figure it. But, oh, my, you flew right off, Orville. I think our pa's going to be mighty proud of you""). Farnsworth's oil on linen portraits strike just the right balance between realism and fancy; a slight smudging at the edges create the feeling of photographs taken with a soft-lens camera and convey the sense of a cream coming true.
Reviewed on: 01/20/2003