Asian Kites: Arts and Crafts for Creative Kids


The first man to fly a controlled, powered, heavier-than-air craft in Great Britain, Cody was a flamboyant and successful showman who used his wealth and fame to become Great Britain’s most famous aeronaut. His patent, in 1901, of a man-lifting kite system led to military contracts and put him at the birthplace of British aviation, Farnborough. Here he made and flew dirigibles (the Nulli Secundis 1), gliders (the glider-kite could go up as a kite and then change to a glider in mid air), man-lifting kites, a motor-kite, and finally British Army Aeroplane #1.

Kite fliers and makers have been enamored with the graceful design of Cody’s War Kite, but recent study of many other Cody kite designs sold by Sotheby’s in 1996, have raised new questions about their intended purposes and flight characteristics.



The full-color instructions make it easy to create these beautiful kites out of common materials and the resource guide in the back lists plenty of places to purchase supplies. You’ll learn to build:
Butterfly kite from China
Cobra kite from Thailand
Mini kite from Malaysia
Shield kite from Korea
an octopus kit from Japan
And more!
Fun to build and exciting to fly—this book brings a whole new meaning to the term “Go fly a kite!”

Engaging for kids ages 7 – 12 years, and Grades 2 – 6.

Hardcover with Dust Jacket, 64 pages, 2004


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