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Girls Fly!

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When Charlene grows up, her dream is to be a pilot and fly airplanes. Charlene's brothers, however, have a different idea: they actually believe that girls aren't big enough, or strong enough, to fly airplanes! It's up to Charlene to set the record straight and educate her mixed-up brothers about the prominence and influence of women on the magnificent development of flight.

As Charlene puts it, her brothers don't have a clue. She describes to them the courageous Leila Marie ...

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When Charlene grows up, her dream is to be a pilot and fly airplanes. Charlene's brothers, however, have a different idea: they actually believe that girls aren't big enough, or strong enough, to fly airplanes! It's up to Charlene to set the record straight and educate her mixed-up brothers about the prominence and influence of women on the magnificent development of flight.

As Charlene puts it, her brothers don't have a clue. She describes to them the courageous Leila Marie Cody, who actually flew in a kite years before the Wright brothers created their plane; Bessie Coleman, who traveled to France to become the first African-American licensed to fly an airplane; and the daring Betty Skelton, who performed aerobatic tricks at airshows across the country.

But the presence of women in aeronautics doesn't stop there! Charlene continues with descriptions of women astronauts, shuttle commanders, balloon pilots, and commercial-airline pilots that wow her brothers and teach them one important lesson: girls can be anything they want to be.

Bringing extensive experience in historical research, writing, and creative design to their work, Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly are partners in a firm that produces permanent as well as traveling museum exhibitions. A licensed pilot, Reilly has flown both fixed-wing aircraft and hot-air balloons. They have also written Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee Airmen: American Heroes, for young adults, and The Tuskegee Airmen Story, a picture book. All are published by Pelican.

Illustrator Rosalie M. Shepherd is a landscape and portrait painter who works with oil, charcoal, and watercolor and has worked extensively as a graphic designer. This is her third book with Homan and Reilly. She also illustrated Clarence Thomas: Fighter with Words, also published by Pelican and written by the late David R. Collins.

When Charlene's brothers tell her that she cannot be a pilot because she is a girl, she gives them a lesson in the rich history of women in flight.

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Gr 1-3-While the facts and ideas in this book are accurate and inspiring, the presentation is sluggish and trite. The book opens as Charlene announces to her two brothers that she wants to be a pilot when she grows up, an idea that the boys find ridiculous. The text then takes off on a discussion of women fliers. Every turn of the page brings a new aviator and a new machine. While this page-by-page recitation of names and accomplishments would work well in a nonfiction guide to the subject, it is very unsatisfying as a story. The watercolor illustrations with undefined edges work well for the powerful flying machines, but are less successful in their depiction of people; they all look the same. Dr. Mae Jemison is the only one who seems to truly have a distinctive face. Amid the number of recent well-written and illustrated books on Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Sally Ride, and others, Girls Fly! falls short.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589801547
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/10/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Authors Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly bring extensive experience in historical research, writing, and creative design to their work. They have written thirteen books together, including Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen and The Tuskegee Airmen Story, both available from Pelican Publishing. Their work has been featured in such publications as the North Carolina Historical Review and in exhibits in several museums.

Authors Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly bring extensive experience in historical research, writing, and creative design to their work. They have written thirteen books together, including Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen and The Tuskegee Airmen Story, both available from Pelican Publishing. Their work has been featured in such publications as the North Carolina Historical Review and in exhibits in several museums.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    GIRLS CAN BE ANYTHING THEY WANT TO BE

    Using a conversation with her brothers as a springboard Charlene documents the aeronautical achievements of women. When she's asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she replies, 'I'm going to be a pilot. I'm going to fly an airplane!' This reply , since brothers will be brothers, brings forth a bit of mirthful disbelief. Charlene stands her ground announcing that girls can do anything boys can do - including being a pilot. She reinforces her stance by informing them that women have been flying airplanes almost as long as men have, and that years before the Wright brothers' first flight 'Leila Marie Cody flew in a kite.' Charlene has done her research well. She further informs them that the first African-American licensed to fly was a woman, recounts the achievements of Amelia Earhart, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and more. Rosalie M. Shepherd's full page sun-washed illustrations represent the vastness of the sky with her closing painting set on a sunny yellow background serving as a happy reminder that 'Girls can be anything they want to be.' - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    A Very Sweet Book

    This book is a long time coming and hopefully mothers and fathers will read it to their sons and daughters. Many young men and young girls grow up believing that they are second class citizens lacking the same types of skills and abilities that young boys have. Certainly the area of flight is one of them. With this book, girls as well as boys will be able to rejoice with the accomplishments of women in the world of aviation. I highly recommend that all children have an opportunity to share in the successes of women in flight.

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