Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator

Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator

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by Shelley Tanaka, David Craig
     
 

The ever-fascinating story of the legendary pilot is given new life in this vividly told true-life adventure.

Ever since Amelia Earhart and her plane disappeared on July 2, 1937, people have wanted to know more about this remarkable woman. Amelia Earhart follows the charismatic aviator from her first sight of an airplane at the age of ten to the

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The ever-fascinating story of the legendary pilot is given new life in this vividly told true-life adventure.

Ever since Amelia Earhart and her plane disappeared on July 2, 1937, people have wanted to know more about this remarkable woman. Amelia Earhart follows the charismatic aviator from her first sight of an airplane at the age of ten to the last radio transmission she made before she vanished. Illustrated with original artworks, contemporary photographs, quotes, and details, this is a great introduction to the famous pilot. The book includes a bibliography and an index.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

Although this biography of the famous aviator who has fascinated Americans for decades has no new information to offer, it is nicely formatted and has attractive illustrations. The work is shaped like a picture book but has a lot of text, some with hundreds of words per page. Tanaka focuses on Earhart's flying and spends only a little time on other aspects of her life. The writing is interesting and flows well. A list of sources for all the quotes used appears in the back matter, and the bibliography and index are substantial. The book is illustrated primarily with the same set of historical photographs found in other Earhart biographies. However, seven full-page paintings by Craig add vitality to this offering. These realistic pictures are carefully researched and visually dramatic. They match the feeling of the historical photos and the tone of the narrative. This is a good choice for those needing a profile of the famous flier. DK's Amelia Earhart: A Photographic Story of a Life (2007) is also well written, delves deeper into the woman's personal life, and is a good choice for those wanting a longer biography.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT

Kirkus Reviews
Tanaka desensationalizes a spectacularly fascinating life with clear, understated prose. She sketches Earhart's idyllic-to-difficult childhood, her work as a nurse's aide in Toronto and as a social worker in Boston and her flights across the Atlantic first as a passenger and then as solo pilot. Earhart was a media star through writing and speaking-the fact that she was also gorgeous is not mentioned in the text but is quite evident in the archival photographs. The narrative makes vividly clear how fragile the airplanes of the 1930s were, how difficult the navigation, how unreliable the instruments. It summarizes the theories-none of them definitive-as to how Earhart's last journey ended. Craig's paintings, along with historical photographs, sidebars and captions, enliven and enrich the page layout. Earhart's comment that "I want to do it because I want to do it" will resonate strongly with both girls and boys who claim adventure as their own. (references, source notes, index) (Biography. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810970953
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
570,833
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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