Brave Bessie: Flying Free

Brave Bessie: Flying Free

by Lillian M. Fisher

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Gr 4-7An action-packed first chapter about Bessie Smith stunt rolling a biplane begins this biography of one of the first female pilots. Ignoring the huge obstacles of color and gender, this courageous and determined young woman of African American and Native American heritage found a flying school in France that would accept her, and then returned to the U. S. in 1922, as possibly the only black aviatrix in the world. She was killed in a flying accident in 1926. Fisher gives excellent historical perspective on Smith's achievements. Another strong point is the book's information on early aviation and aircraft, with an emphasis on World War I planes. With no quotes from primary sources and no list of books for further reading about Smith, it will be less useful for research, yet it does offer an index and a list of books about airplanes. The illustrations, most of which are maps and black-and-white photos, are only of average quality and are disappointingly small.Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX

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Hendrick-Long Publishing Company
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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