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AMELIA EARHART: YOUNG AIR PIONEER (Young Patriot Series)

Author: Jane Moore Howe

Illustrator: Cathy Morrison

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Publisher: Patria Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: In her adult life,Amelia Earhart was recognized as an accomplished airplane pilot. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic (1932) and across the Pacific from Hawaii to California (1935). As a young girl, Amelia was adventurous. From building a roller coaster in her grand parents’ backyard; to turning a baby carriage into a stagecoach; to exploring the caves along the steep banks of the Missouri River; to bringing attention to the maltreatment of animals,Amelia thrived on challenges. She was a bright, inquisitive, independent, and positive person. These stories demonstrate why she was destined for greatness. This is an historical fiction novel about Amelia Earhart.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 3.9

Age of Child: Read by a student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)

Young Reader Reaction: I don't like biographies, but this one was Okay. Amelia Earhart was a neat kid. Social Studies classes never talk about famous people when they were children. It might make class more interesting.

Adult Reader Reaction: These are great stories. Even as an adult they are fun to read, and remind us that there is always something new to learn.

Pros: Although set in a different time, kids will relate to the adventuresome spirit (and recognize the life lessons) in this biography about Amelia Earhart. This is a wholesome, educational, and enjoyable biography that is part of the Young Patriots Series. Though it is written for both genders, it will have strong appeal for adolescent girls.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! These illustrated biographies offer both history and life lessons for upper elementary and middle-grade readers. The Young Patriots Series focuses on the childhood adventures American Patriots, Inventers, Athletes, Writers, etc. The authors know their audience. The writing is crisp and clear. The stories are wholesome and enjoyable. The illustrations are appropriately rendered and artistically first-rate.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JULIETTE LOW GIRL SCOUT FOUNDER (Young Patriot Series)   100 AMERICAN WOMEN WHO SHAPED AMERICAN HISTORY   YOU GO, GIRL … KEEP DREAMING A SPECIAL BOOK ABOUT ALWAYS BELIEVING IN YOURSELF

Educational Themes: Biographies offer history lessons about specific points in time, as well as the people who lived in them. Some lessons--like kindness, being a responsible person, courage--transcend time, making biographies a great way for kids to connect with history and life. Amelia Earhart's personality embodied imagination, curiosity, determination, a ‘can do’ attitude, and a sense of humor. Her success as an adult bears witness to the fact that she knew how to use her talents.

Literary Categories: Fiction - historical fiction, aviation, biography, series book

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008

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