THE COMPLETE WORLD OF KITES by Bill Thomas

THE COMPLETE WORLD OF KITES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A thorough but pedestrian sourcebook on kites which includes past and present variations and a discussion of basic flying principles. The kites of foreign countries--especially the Far East, where competitions are common--are represented as are specialty items--wartime carriers, sailing kites--and those historical (and needlessly fictionalized) favorites, Ben Franklin and the Wright brothers ("" 'We'll just have to try again,' shrugged Orville""). The sections on flying techniques cover thrust, lift, weight, and drag, and elsewhere a few ""dirty tricks"" are suggested. Directions for making various kinds of kites are enumerated, and notable kite stores--many with catchy names--are appended.

Pub Date: June 28th, 1977
Publisher: Lippincott