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Amelia Earhart: Legendary Aviator
     

Amelia Earhart: Legendary Aviator

by Brenda Haugen, Rosemary G. Palmer (Consultant), Michele Cervone (Consultant)
 

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Amelia Earhart gained worldwide fame in 1928 when she became the first woman on a transatlantic flight. Her lifelong accomplishments as an aviator influenced pilots in the United States and throughout the world. Her bravery encouraged women to learn to fly and fulfill their dreams. On her attempt to circum-navigate the globe at the equator, Earhart and her plane

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Amelia Earhart gained worldwide fame in 1928 when she became the first woman on a transatlantic flight. Her lifelong accomplishments as an aviator influenced pilots in the United States and throughout the world. Her bravery encouraged women to learn to fly and fulfill their dreams. On her attempt to circum-navigate the globe at the equator, Earhart and her plane vanished and were never found. But her memory endures as a symbol of adventure, courage, and perseverance.

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
Living at a time when opportunities for women were limited, Amelia Earhart captured the hearts of the world while she set world aviation records and encouraged women everywhere to follow their dreams. The first woman to fly solo over both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Earhart vanished while attempting to fly around the world. While no trace of Amelia Earhart, her navigator, or her plane was ever found, she remains forever a symbol of courage and adventure and an aviation role model for men and women alike. The book is thoroughly researched, based largely on primary source material and sprinkled liberally throughout with quotes from Amelia and her associates. It includes historical photographs and fascinating sidebars packed with interesting, related facts. This book tells her fascinating story in a way that allows readers to feel that they come to know Amelia Earhart personally. A feature that makes this book stand out from the many written about her is a six-page time line that chronicles events in Earhart's life with events happening around the world at the same time. With extensive source notes, suggestions for further reading, relevant web site addresses, and a list of places to visit to learn more about Amelia Earhart, this is not only a well told story but also a great research source. An Accelerated Reader test is available.
VOYA - Jan Chapman
This series provides biographies that complement curriculum studies for students in grades five through seven. It is a handsomely designed set that includes such features as well-reproduced photos and illustrations that enrich the accompanying text. The information contained within the books, however, is basic and not meant to provide a comprehensive resource on the subjects covered. J. Pierpont Morgan, a biography of one of the most powerful corporate moguls in America, offers basic and well-presented information about Morgan's life and career, but it glosses over the questionable ethics of Morgan's role in establishing a corporate monopoly in the steel and railroad industries. The book also fails to point out the dangers of allowing one extremely wealthy person to have the power to manipulate the financial structure of the United States, preferring to dwell on the benevolence of Morgan's intentions. This unfortunate lack of balance in the book allows it to veer dangerously towards hagiography. Amelia Earhart gives the reader a concise and readable account of the life of the most famous female aviator in American history. Earhart is a legendary figure of inspiration to young women because of her independence from societal conventions. There are some wonderful childhood anecdotes in the book, including the story of how Earhart constructed a rickety, homemade roller coaster that was perhaps her first venture into flight. One of the most fascinating aspects of Earhart's life, the mystery of her disappearance during an around-the-world flight, is covered thoroughly, but there is very little information provided on the evidence that has been uncovered so far about herpossible fate. The series does a better job than most in providing accurate and readable biographical content, but these books are limited in scope. Each book, however, provides a useful list of further reading that would allow the student to flesh out the information found in the books. Each book also points the reader to a Web site called "FactHound," a portal that purports to find the best Web sites on each topic. A visit to "FactHound" for information on Earhart and other Signature Lives subjects, however, provided only two sites-hardly an extensive or helpful resource. Despite these limitations, the series would be useful in school and public libraries, with the caveat that the books should be used in conjunction with more comprehensive biographical resources. Additional titles profile Amy Tan, Andrew Carnegie, and Cesar Chavez among other modern American notables.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756518806
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Signature Lives: Modern America Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Brenda Haugen started in the newspaper business and had a career as an award-winning journalist before finding her niche as an author. Since then, she has written more than 50 books and edited hundreds more, most of them for children. A graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Brenda lives in North Dakota with her dog, Alice, who chose Brenda when she went to the Humane Society thinking she was there to adopt another dog.

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