In 1847 the people of Niagara Falls, New York and their neighbors in Canada wanted to build a bridge across the river that separated them. The first step was to get a line from one side to the other. Only a kite flown with great skill could do the job. Tekla White tells the story, based on real events, of young Homan Walsh and the kite he called the Union. Ralph Ramstad's illustrations beautifully depict Homan's history-making effort near Niagara Falls.
Tekla White is a member of the California Reading Association, Authors Guild, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Ms. White has written and photographed feature stories for magazines and the San Jose Mercury News. Her work covered a variety of subjects including articles on braces, fleas, migrant education, and apples.
She is the author and co-author of multi-cultural, reading, language arts, logic, and math workbooks. Her stories are in the DC Heath reading series, the Scott Foresman reading program and Celebration Press.
Her workbooks for Evan Moor include Read and Understand Nonfiction for Grades 4-6 and Read and Understand Fiction. She adapted stories for Myths and Legends in the Read and Understand series, Folktales & Fairy Tales Literature Pockets, and Literature Pockets Tall Tales.
Tekla White received the Sacramento Area Reading Association's 2002 Lighthouse for Literacy Author's Award.