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Children's LiteratureIn a colorfully illustrated forty-eight pages, Patricia Lakin shows Amelia Earhart as a person, and not only as the first female aviator to fly solo. The five chapters are short, beginning with Amelia's early life in Atchison, Kansas. Even at a young age, Amelia was an independent child who wanted the same opportunities as boys. Lakin shows the daring Amelia, whizzing down steep slopes on her sled or playing sports with the boys. Chapter two talks about Amelia's family problems that included moves to different places and very little money to support the family. One day, an older Amelia sought out pilots flying their planes, and became so fascinated that she wanted to do the same thing. She began flying lessons and worked hard to save money for her own plane, a yellow plane she named Canary. In addition to being a pilot, Amelia was a social worker. Amelia's dream was to fly solo across the Atlantic just like Charles Lindbergh had done, which she achieved in 1932. When Amelia was almost forty years old, she wanted to fly around the world. Fred Noonan, her navigator, and Amelia left on their trip on June 1, 1937 and were never seen again. While no one knows what happened to them, the book ends on a positive note, stating that Amelia followed her dreams and was always true to herself. 2003, Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 6 to 8.
— Della A. Yannuzzi