Women Who Fly

Women Who Fly

by Lynn Homan, Thomas Reilly, Rosalie Shepherd
     
 

In the early days of flight, it was thought that flying was too dangerous to risk losing women who were wives and mothers. Against the odds, women sought out pilots who would give them flying lessons. Many, like Harriet Quimby, Matilde Moisant, Amelia Earhart, Emily Warner, Sally Ride, and Eileen Collins (the first female space shuttle commander), proved that women

Overview

In the early days of flight, it was thought that flying was too dangerous to risk losing women who were wives and mothers. Against the odds, women sought out pilots who would give them flying lessons. Many, like Harriet Quimby, Matilde Moisant, Amelia Earhart, Emily Warner, Sally Ride, and Eileen Collins (the first female space shuttle commander), proved that women have the skills, courage, and determination to fly.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Colonel Eileen M. Collins, the first woman space shuttle pilot and the first woman to serve as shuttle commander writes an inspiring introduction to this book. Unfortunately, the rest of the books is an accurate but fairly dry account of women's role in aviation history. Young readers who are already fascinated by the world of aviators and dream of flying will probably enjoy this book. A few black and white illustrations break up the text but they are technically weak drawings. The authors have not included an index and this book could have used one. 2004, Pelican, Ages 12 up.
—Sally J. K. Davies
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This book reveals that women have been involved in the quest for human flight from the earliest days, and that their impact on the history and development of aviation is significant. Individuals range from pioneers like Harriet Quimby and Marjorie Stinson to those involved in flight to space like Sally Ride and Judith Resnick. The information provided is fairly limited, with little commentary on the women's lives outside of the world of flying, and would not be sufficient for reports. However, the topic is fascinating, as are the individuals themselves. Unfortunately, the only time line is embedded in the narrative, and it is rather inconsistent, leading to some confusion. The few black-and-white drawings add little, and there is no index. Henry M. Holden's American Women of Flight (Enslow, 2003) is a stronger title.-Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589801608
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/29/2004
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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.

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 the late David Collins's last book, Clarence Thomas, Fighter with Words.

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