Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of Brave Bessie Coleman

Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of Brave Bessie Coleman




The story of Bessie Coleman becoming the first licensed African American aviator is sure to inspire readers to follow their own dreams.

As a young black woman in the 1920s, Bessie Coleman's chances of becoming a pilot were slim. But she never let her dream die and became the first licensed African-American aviator. Reeve Lindbergh honors her memory with a poem that sings of her accomplishment. With bold illustrations by Pamela Paparone, Nobody Owns the Sky will inspire readers to follow their dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763603618
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator Charles Lindbergh and poet Anne Morrow Lindbergh, first learned about Bessie Coleman in 1986, the 60th anniversary of her father's famous flight. "Bessie was an incredibly brave person who was hardly noticed, while my parents got so much publicity it was difficult for them to live their normal lives. I saw a crazy imbalance and wanted to try to set things right." Reeve Lindbergh lives in Vermont.

Pamela Paparone observes that NOBODY OWNS THE SKY is "about making dreams come true. My own dream has always been to be a children's book illustrator. In fact, I was ten years old when I created my first children's book. I dedicated it to Johnny Cash." Pamela Paparone lives in Pennsylvania.

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Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of Brave Bessie Coleman 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick - name a female aviator!Yes, yes, Amelia Earhart. Now name another one. Can't do it, can you? Well, how about Bessie Coleman - first African-American, man or woman, to have a pilot's license, and first American of ANY race or gender to have an international pilot's license - and she did it two years before Amelia, too! (She had to go overseas to get that license, because flight schools in the US wouldn't take a black aviator, and black aviators in the US wouldn't train a woman.) Aviators in general make great picture book heroes, doing something that was brand new and scary and didn't involve deliberate violence. And Bessie Coleman - wow! She ought to be better known!So why only three stars? Because, honestly, I don't think this book offers a good treatment of her.The artwork is so-so, but I could live with that. What I can't live with are the words. I have nothing against a rhyming book. However, this book has a very set jaunty rhythm with a rhyme scheme that runs A-A-A-A-A-A for every verse. The end result is that major issues such as racism, sexism, and Bessie Coleman's eventual *death* come out sounding like... like humor! The nicest thing I can say about it is that it's clunky:Bessie's life was not long, but she flew far and wideIn Chicago she showed off a Richthofen GlideHer air shows in Boston left crowds starry-eyed;But in Jacksonville, Florida, everyone criedBecause Bessie's plane failed, and she fell, and she died"Farewell to Brave Bessie", they sighedIt goes on like that for the whole book. And the little coda that takes her specific accomplishments and turns them into a general paean about flying like birds is... well, I'm not a great fan of it.I'm going to try Talkin' 'bout Bessie instead. Maybe that'll give me what I was looking for here.