Amelia Earhart: More than a Flier

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Amelia Earhart always loved adventure, and she did not let anything prevent her from following her dreams. Read all about how many "firsts" she accomplished in her life — from her amazing airplane flights to her groundbreaking approach to life!

Profiles Amelia Earhart, who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and who disappeared during her attempt to become the first woman to fly around the world.

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Children's Literature
In 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
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3-Simple sentences; large type; and colorful illustrations, many of them full-page, make the story of this intriguing woman easy to read. The text is filled with Earhart's many exciting adventures, from a near collision between her snow sled and a horse-drawn cart when she was young to a stormy ride as an adult across the Atlantic in an ill-equipped airplane. The art shows Earhart at different stages of her life as well as fashions and lifestyles of the times. A time line appears in the back of the book, but there is no index. The tendency to subtitle each chapter with dates and then go on to describe events that happened earlier is slightly disconcerting. Quibbles aside, this biography is a solid choice for newly independent readers.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689855757
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: Ready-to-Read Series: Level 3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 379,483
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups—from toddlers to middle-graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.

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Amelia Earhart always loved adventure, and she did not let anything prevent her from following her dreams. Read all about how many "firsts" she accomplished in her life -- from her amazing airplane flights to her groundbreaking approach to life!

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