Monday, February 1, 2010

The Sky’s the Limit

This week’s blog will be devoted to girls who fly. Pioneers like Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart were risk takers who flew with wind whistling in their ears. Women pilots who pushed the envelope further, Jerrie Cobb springs to mind, set their sights on space.

AMELIA EARHART: The Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka, illustrated by David Craig. Abrams 2008.

Largely based on Amelia Earhart’s own words from her three books, details of her adventures will have the reader holding her breath whether she wants to follow this legend into the air or enjoy from a comfortable chair firmly anchored to earth. It doesn’t matter if a girl wants to be a pilot or not. Amelia was an advocate for the rights of women to lead their own lives and choose their own callings. She allowed no “can’ts.” Poets will envy her descriptive writing: watching the clouds was like “gulping beauty.” Richly illustrated by David Craig and augmented with photographs from private collections and archives, this is a library treasure..

Want to give your daughter wings? May my title choices for the week ahead support every girl’s ambition.

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