The First Flying Man
Retold by Elspeth Rawstron
Word count 1,528
‘I want to fly later this year.’
‘So it’s a race,’ laughs Lagari.
‘Yes,’ smiles Hezarfen.
The time is the 1630s. Sultan Murat IV rules the Ottoman Empire. Two Istanbul brothers – Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi and Lagari Hasan – dream of flying. Which of them can be the first flying man? And what does the Sultan give to the winner of the race? Read this story and find the answers.