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Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

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While still dressed in evening gowns, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt go on a night flight above Washington, D.C. on April 1933. Extensively researched, the story contains actual dialogue and facts of the account. Breathtaking illustrations tell the trip of these two American heroines as it might have been.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Scholastic Press
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I think this book is splendid!!! You really feel like, just for a few minutes, you get to go out for a lovely evening of fine dining, good conversation, and rousing adventure with two dear chums who also happen to be two of the most famous women in American history!!! It's just really warm and cozy but with a dash of daring! ;-> The historical note at the end is great. I wasn't at first sure what I felt about the B&W artwork, but I was charmed by the end. Selznick is pretty darn good as t...more
Lisa Vegan
When I borrowed this book from the library, at the same time as many other books, this one stood out because of the striking black and white cover illustration. At first, I wasn’t sure I was wild about the picture but it sure got my attention. Then, I was won over by the black and white illustrations throughout the book. They’re so big & vivid: I could see the blue in the scarf, the pink on the cake, the colorful flowers; I was able to “see” everything in color. The black & white also se...more
Fun, informative and lovely to look at!

Beautiful B&W illustrations accompany this exciting story of the relationship between Amelia and Eleanor and their thrilling outing into the night skies!

What's great about this book is, not only the adventures Amelia and Eleanor embark on, but the way the author weaves in the strength, independence and determination both women had and were both criticized and loved for.

The author's note in the back is equally informative. Not only was I unaware of thi...more
NS Kelley
This is a fictional story about two famous historical figures, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. The story is about the two women who meet up one night to have dinner. They decide to take a plane ride around Baltimore, despite what others think. Their independent outlook on life is what brings them together to help others see that the unthinkable can be done. Each women is independent in her own way and it is emphasized several times throughout the book. The book also gives a historical pers...more
This is an inspiring story for girls everywhere. Although some of the story was fictionalized, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt really did meet and correspond with one another. On April 20, 1933, Ms. Earhart and her husband really did sit down to dine with the amazing new First Lady. Though the language might seem a bit stinted, the simple text structure makes this subject-matter approachable and inviting to younger students. The gorgeous, graphite and colored pencil drawings capture the viv...more
Based on a real incident in the lives of two famous women, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, this picture book describes how the famous aviator takes the First Lady for a spin in the middle of a dinner party in the White House and then imagines that turn about is fair play and has Eleanor take Amelia for a speedy ride in her new automobile, leaving the Secret Service agents behind. After their ground-breaking activities, the two women return to the dinner party and enjoy dessert. The text an...more
Another triumph for the team of Ryan-Selznick. Friends in real life, America's First Lady invited the "First Lady of the Air" to dinner at the White House in 1933. Eleanor, inspired by Amelia's descriptions of Washington viewed from her plane at night, accepts the pilot's offer of an after-dinner flight over the capital. Before dessert can be served, and over the protests of the Secret Service agents, the two are off to the airport and up in the sky, thrilling to the brilliance of the city below...more
Emily Farnschlader
This book a ficitional book about Eleanor Roosevelt and Amerlia Earhart being friends. Eleanor was the First Lady or the United States and Amelia was famous for being the fist femail piolot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Amelia went to the White House to have dinner with Eleanor. After dinner, Eleanor went on a flight with Amelia in the dark then they took a drive in Eleanor's car. All throughout the story, people believe that because they are women they should not be able to do the thi...more
Fantastic story about Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt's friendship. Wonderful message about girls being able to do the things that were once thought of as strictly for men. Illustrations were gorgeous- very "Chris Van Allsburg-ish".

This would be a fantastic book to read if you were talking about different types of transportation. You could include who was thought to be able to fly planes or drive cars.

This book brings together two different stories, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart of two strong women in history doing things they weren't expected to: driving cars or flying planes.
I loved how they brought together the ladylike dressing for the party with the adventurous side of planes and cars. Shows you can...more
Beautiful artwork. I recently found this at my local library and had to bring it home. You can definitely learn a lot from children's books! My family has been a fan of Brian Selznick's work and I immediately recognized his art style on the front cover.

The story of Amelia and Eleanor was interesting and geared toward children. It did include enough details and facts of the time period to be informative and fun at the same time. It was easy to understand and it opened a good discussion between my...more
It's a little long and wordy, but it's a nice story.

But on the very first page it does that thing I HATE when we talk about great women in history: it describes them both as "daring and liked to try things other women wouldn't even consider." Isn't it time for us to stop putting down most women when we raise others up? Lines like that contribute to the idea that to be great you can't be like "most women" and ignores the very real societal barriers all women faced in these times in history.
(NS) Becca
From Publishers Weekly
In this sparkling picture book based on a true incident, Ryan (Riding Freedom, with Selznick) proves that Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt truly were "birds of a feather." Friends in real life, America's First Lady invited the "First Lady of the Air" to dinner at the White House in 1933. Eleanor, inspired by Amelia's descriptions of Washington viewed from her plane at night, accepts the pilot's offer of an after-dinner flight over the capital. Before dessert can be serv...more
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan is a biographical picture book about Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. It is the story of two women who didn't follow the trends of the time and did things against the will of others; they were very daring women of their time. It is set in the early 1900's when FDR was President of the United States. It is a historical book about the friendship between Amelia and Eleanor, two ladies who weren't afraid to go against the grain. In the story, A...more
Sarah-Rae Bugayong
I remember reading this as a child in second grade, and I was delighted to see it was on the book list for primary readers. In all honesty, I haven't read since I was young. But as an adult I had a huge appreciation for the book. Ryan write an eloquent story of two very head strong women doing things that were out of the social norm of their time. I found the story inspiring due to the fact that two women were leaving a fancy dinner to go fly a plane and drive a car, still in there evening wear....more
Ariana Thomas
Grade/Interest Level: Upper Elementary
Reading Level: 600 Lexile, Level P Guided Reading
Genre: Historical Fiction, Picture Book

Main Characters: Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart
Setting: April 1933, White House, Washington D.C., in flight on an Eastern Air Transport plane
POV: narrator

Based on a true story of two inspiring women who showed the world there are no boundaries, this picture book tells of the thrilling adventure these admirable historical figures embarked upon together. Good friend...more
Stephanie Delvecchio
Summary: Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride was written by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick. Appropriate for children ages five through ten, this book describes an adventure taken by Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady, and Amelia Earhart, the pilot. Amelia was invited to go to the White House, where her and Eleanor begin their adventure. After eating dinner, Amelia takes Eleanor on a plane ride to Baltimore and back. Eleanor, sharing a love for independence and adventure with Amelia...more
Ch_robyn Schaefer
Amelia and Eleanor (as in Earhart and Roosevelt) is, on a literal level, the story of two high profile woman who get together as friends for a dinner at the White House and end up going for a spontaneous flight over Washington D.C. It takes place on April 30, 1933, four years before Amelia mysteriously vanished somewhere over the South Pacific. The women look elegant as they sit down for a formal dinner at the white house, but it doesn’t take long before Amelia’s stunning description of flying a...more
This piece of historical fiction is one of my least favorite that we read during the year. It always seems so contrived to me. Building enthusiasm for a flight at night strains me. :)

The students seem okay with it. Based on the friendship between Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, the story has Amelia and G.P. (her husband, George Putnam) having dinner at the White House. The author has Mrs. Roosevelt describe it as "her" house. That language bothers me to no end as the White House does not b...more
This wonderful book takes readers along on the glorious ride with Amelia and Eleanor, two very brave women. This book is inspiring to the young adventurers, explorers, and girls who want to grow up and make a difference. The details, excitement, and "can do" attitude in this book brings the story alive and inspires readers to do something greater. A great new look at two famous women in history and the courage they represent.
Jennifer Weiss
This is a story about two of the most influential and determined women in history. One is the First Lady and one is the first women to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. The two women are great friends and enjoy to go on adventures together. This takes place during a time where most women did not have rights or the luxury to do certain actives such as drive a car. There was much speculation about if women should be allowed to do the things these ladies were doing. I love the illustrations, even...more
What a great story about 2 powerful women in their day, developing a friendship and sharing a plane ride! The characterizations were exciting and the illustrations were utterly captivating, done in black and white (to reflect the era) and wonderfully reflective of the adventure and excitement these two women found in their lives and the connection they made with one another.
Jul 24, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
This is a fascinating story about a visit that Amelia Earhart and her husband made to Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House and a flight they took together. Though some of it may be exaggerated or made up, it is based on a real event and even includes a picture of the flight, with an explanation of how the story came together. These two adventurous women have inspired people for decades, and it's great to see a story about them together, spontaneously carefree and having the time of their lives.

Jason Lilly
I picked this book up from the library mostly because of Brian Selznick's illustrations. After being mesmerized by The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it was great to see Selznick use his talent for a slightly younger audience.

Amelia and Eleanor tells the story of the real life friendship between Amelia Earheart & Eleanor Roosevelt. The story, told simply but effectively by Pam Munoz Ryan, focuses on an enchanting evening when the two women enjoy a night flight from D.C. to Baltimore & back. S...more
The story centers on a dinner at the white house where Amelia Earhart is Eleanor Roosevelt’s guest of honor. The story is based on the real friendship of the two extraordinary women, but is fictionalized. Ryan does a great job of capturing the adventurous spirit of the pair—through a night time flight over and a drive in Washington DC. Ryan discusses how the women both did more than what was expected of a woman at that time. The intricate black and white drawings help create the historical setti...more
Ginny Marie
Amelia and Eleanor combine forces to arrange in impromptu night flight during a formal dinner at the White House. The book does a wonderful job of explaining that independent women were not always allowed to do independent things when Amelia and Eleanor were alive. At the end of the story, Eleanor reciprocates on her magical flight with Amelia at the helm by taking Amelia for a drive in her new automobile. While Muñoz Ryan changed some facts to create this wonderful story, Amelia really did take...more
Josh Wagner
This book tell the story of Amelia Earhart and Elanor Roosevelt, two very important women in our history. While meeting at the White House for dinner, dressed in elegant gowns, the two decide to have a little adventure. They find a plane, make their way to it, and Amelia flies them around. Upon landing and facing some media, the two then go for a ride in Elanor's new car. This book may not seem historically important, but when put in context it is hugely important. This was a time when women wer...more
I noticed the illustrator included a sketch of Lorena Hickock in a frame with many other photos on the wall of a White House room on page ten. Hickock was a very close friend and perhaps lover to Eleanor Roosevelt. Nice attention to detail!
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, by Pam Munoz Ryan, is a fictional story based on a true event. This is a story about two famous women in America history; the famous woman pilot, Amelia Earhart and the respected First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. This story tells the story of the friendship and pioneering spirit that both of these women possessed as they steal away from a White House dinner to take a plane on a night time adventure. The black and white sketches take you back in time, capturing thes...more
Amy Rae
Brian Selznick's amazing illustrations accompany a charming incident in the lives of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. A wonderful way to start talking about two amazing women with elementary school children.
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