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Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman

by Eric Braun

Text and photographs present the life of Bessie Coleman and how she became the first African American women to earn a pilot's license.


Text and photographs present the life of Bessie Coleman and how she became the first African American women to earn a pilot's license.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
This brief, easy-to-read biography of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license, focuses on Coleman as an aviation pioneer and inspiration to other pilots. From her childhood in a one-room log cabin to her death in a plane crash in 1926, the text provides a straightforward chronological approach to Coleman's life. Each two-page spread consists of a black-and-white photograph on one page (only a few of which are of Coleman herself; the rest are related archival photos) and three to four sentences of text on the facing page. Section titles include "Young Bessie," "Learning to Fly," and "Stunt Flier." A timeline appears at the bottom of each page, and is gradually filled out as the details of Coleman's short life emerge. A glossary, index, and brief bibliography (including both print and online sources) round out this biography. Part of the "First Biographies" series.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Through simple sentences and black-and-white photographs, readers are given snapshots into the lives of three notable African-American women. Coleman was the first woman of her race to earn a pilot's license, Jemison was the first African-American astronaut, and Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals at the Olympics. Short chapters, with a time line at the bottom of the page, give basic biographical information and show how these women continue to be an inspiration for all. On each spread, a photograph faces a paragraph of large-print text. The concise information is perfect for the intended age group.-Tracy Bell, Eastway Elementary School, Durham, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
First Biographies - Trailblazers and Legends Series
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Braun has written more than one hundred books for kids and teens, including many about sports. He coaches youth baseball and soccer, has two sports-loving sons, and has suffered many disappointments as a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins.

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