Amelia Earhart’s desires, adventures and accomplishments are documented in this early reader. The primary goal of this biography is to empower girls through Earhart’s story. The book emphasizes that women can do anything that men can do, and that women can pursue their dreams too. Earhart collected newspaper articles about women who held jobs that were usually held by men. Mara handles Earhart’s last flight and disappearance in a factual manner. The large font, succinct four sentences per page and vocabulary help to make this book a good emergent and early reader. Advanced readers may find the text too simple but the facts will likely keep their interest. Throughout the book, words are in bold font indicating that their definitions are contained in the glossary. A nice addition is the section on how to be a pioneer, which provides positive words of wisdom for success. Fast-fact bubbles are scattered throughout. The thirty-page book is filled with full-page, black-and-white, vintage photos from the early 1900’s. The photos provide a visual connection with Earhart and a nostalgic sense of the past. Since the book is written for girls, it is not the best choice for a classroom setting. This book is part of Scholastic’s “Rookie Biographies” series. Reviewer: Lorraine Donohue Bonzelet; Ages 6 to 8.
With only about one to three sentences per page, this small size biography, one of the series "Rookie Biographies," tells the story of the famed flyer's life. Amelia Earhart was born in 1897, at just the right time to participate in the pioneering days of airplane flight. Beginning with the question, "Did you ever dream of flying an airplane?" the simple text does an excellent job of capturing her determination and courageousness. Each double page spread includes one large black-and-white photograph, useful to convey additional information in such a low reading level book. Somewhat ambiguously, however, the photograph accompanying the last page of text, (describing Earhart's disappearance and apparent death while flying over the Pacific Ocean,) shows her riding through a ticker tape parade. This may lead some children to question whether or not Earhart returned from that flight. The book includes a photo glossary—words with pictures of the items, and an index. A bibliography and a list of Internet resources would have been welcome additions. In spite of the mentioned flaws, this book would be a welcome addition to the growing collection of biographies aimed at beginning readers. 2002, Children's Press,
— Leslie Rounds
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Both books consist of easy-to-read, large-type texts (one or two sentences per page), numerous archival photographs, and lots of white space. Even more basic than the previous "Rookie Biography" series (Children's) and the "Tell Me About" and "On My Own Biography" series (both Carolrhoda), these titles will serve beginning readers well and introduce them to the lives of these pioneers.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.