Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 367,705
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Tanaka has written a number of award-winning books for children, including Mummies: The Newest, Coolest, and Creepiest from Around the World, which received two starred reviews. She lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. David Craig has illustrated a number of popular books for children. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

David Craig has illustrated a number of books. He lives in Canada.

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

    In this beautiful collage of Earharts life Tanka and Craig depic

    In this beautiful collage of Earharts life Tanka and Craig depict the legend of one of the first female pilots. Though the pictures and captions make the book entertaining there are sometimes hundreds of words per page which makes it a daunting read for younger children. It is extremely informational though it adds nothing new to Earharts story. I recommend it for older children and those looking for information about the great Amelia Earhart.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    This picture book feels more of a chapter book! It's text is lon

    This picture book feels more of a chapter book! It's text is long but is very interesting. Being more of an adventure book rather than a biography, many can find it interesting. I liked the book more for the illustrations than anything! It has historical context as it captures Earhart's story. The layout of the pages is not like any other picture book and it has much information. The mix of factual information, adventure, and pictures, what's not to love?

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