Children's LiteratureA striking black-and-white photo of Amelia Earhart immediately draws one into the book. Tall, lean, and photogenic, she has the looks of a fashion model, not an adventuresome airplane pilot who would become the first women to fly cross country and back in the United States and then set off to fly around the world. In this edition of the series, "Spirit of America," the author captures Earhart's spirit and treats the reader to some interesting tidbits, which bring her character to life. As a girl, Earhart and her sister wore bloomers and were encouraged to explore the outdoors, shoot rats, and work with their grandfather's tools. As an adult, she designed a line of clothing-women's fashions suitable for wearing to fly an airplane. Each page contains at least one photo, some black and white, others in color, all well placed and pertinent to the story. A timeline in the back matter serves as a reflection of our heroine's many accomplishments. Library bound, the book includes useful information-a glossary, further resource information about Earhart, and an index-that will prove useful for the middle-grade researcher or book reporter. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 9 to 12.
Susan Schott Karr