Meticulous illustrations and a daredevil tiger for a heroine make this aviation story stand out. Sadie, an unflappable pilot with orange eyes, welcomes dangerous missions. She takes inspiration from never-say-die rhymes like "No wind, no rain, no cold or flu,/ Can stop the Air Mail getting through!" Air Mail HQ operates from a multicolored, vertigo-inducing skyscraper built with rooftop runways for its fleet of shiny antique planes. Its autumn-red interior resembles the girdered structure of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the rich palette of deep red, forest green, honey gold and gravy brown emphasizes the book's 1930s aesthetic. The air-mail Chief, a tough-talking elephant, gestures at a map of South America; he sends other aviators-including an ostrich, anteater and bear-off to Lima, Santiago and Córdoba. Despite an unenviable delivery route to Knuckle Peak Weather Station, Sadie gamely shrugs on her jacket and yells, "Chocks away!" She pilots her single-seat, fire-engine-red plane "over coffee farms and banana trees." Rocky cliffs rise all around, macaws fly nearby and a river meanders through a tropical jungle far below. By contrast, icy Knuckle Peak lives up to its name, yet Sadie's luck and perseverance win the day. Strøm's hyperbolic paintings are equal parts Rio, Hong Kong and Fritz Lang's Metropolis; his feline Sadie has the brashness of Katharine Hepburn and Amelia Earhart. Readers will be hard put to glance away from the intensively detailed, panoramic views and Sadie's feats of derring-do. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Sadie the Air Mail Pilotby Kellie Strom
Sadie is a brave and fearless pilot who overcomes the elements - and even a plane crash - to deliver the mail. Like all the dedicated Air Mail pilots, she is kept busy by the arrival of never-ending sacks of mail/i>
ONCE UPON A TIME a few brave pilots in little planes flew the Air Mail. No wind, no rain, no cold, or flu, Can stop the Air Mail getting through!
Sadie is a brave and fearless pilot who overcomes the elements - and even a plane crash - to deliver the mail. Like all the dedicated Air Mail pilots, she is kept busy by the arrival of never-ending sacks of mail and the Air Mail HQ chief who barks orders at his staff. But that won't stop Sadie from getting it delivered.
Sadie, feline heroine of the skies, is determined to deliver the mail though a storm threatens to ground her plane. Strom peppers the narrative with memorable rhymes such as, "No wind, No rain, No cold or flu,/Can stop the Air Mail getting through!" Children will be fascinated by the courage of this determined pilot. They will pore over the antique-appearing illustrations that glow in an orangish-red palette with rusty browns and golden yellows. One action-packed scene vividly shows Sadie's red plane up against the gray cold and windy sky near the appropriately named Knuckle Peak. Strom has even labeled part of the aircraft in one view for curious-minded readers who want to know the rudder from the aileron. This book is best used for one-on-one reading in order for children to appreciate the many small details and the array of animals at HQ who support Sadie in her mission.
Blair ChristolonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.75(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.43(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Kellie Strom makes a wholly original and witty picture book debut story of one determined and adorable little cat.
This is Kellie Strom's first picture book. He lives in London.
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