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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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Brina
Apr 07, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it
Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride is a fictionalized account of a 1933 White House meeting between Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. At the time the two women were the most famous women in the United States if not the world. Even in the days long before social media there was still paparazzi and secret service so it is remarkable that the two women were able to steal some time alone away from the press.
The premise of the book is that Earhart and her husband visited the White House for supper
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Kathryn
Feb 23, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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
Ann
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
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Meghan Krogh
Jul 12, 2015 Meghan Krogh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who enjoy observing delightful friendships
Shelves: wishlist, xx
Ugh this was wonderful.
Clara
Mar 23, 2015 Clara rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-fic
Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This is a historical fiction picture book inspired on a true event when Eleanor Roosevelt (America’s First Lady) and Amelia Earhart (First Lady of the Air) met in the White House for a dinner on April, 1933. During dinner, the two friends talked about flying as Mrs. Roosevelt had just received her student pilot’s license. Amelia invited Eleanor to leave the dinner and fly over the capitol. That night, the two adventure women flew the night sky to
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NS Kelley
Nov 04, 2009 NS Kelley rated it really liked it
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
Ann
Jun 10, 2013 Ann rated it it was amazing
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
Gina
Nov 12, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
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".
Dolly
Dec 20, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
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.

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Sarah
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
Barbara
Apr 18, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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
Jackie B. Forman
There is nothing like a children's picture book which tells an inspiring true story about strong women. They are just perfect for me. This is the second of Pam Muñoz Ryan's books I've ever read, and I am quite impressed. Her stories are clear, concise, but also provide a lot of insight to the characters-- of whom all have been strong females, thus far.

Based loosely on a true story, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride tells the story of when Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt flew over Washington
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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
Elizabeth Woodruff
Apr 27, 2016 Elizabeth Woodruff rated it it was amazing
This is the story of the two most admired women of all time. They just so happened to be extremely good friends. This picture book is about the night that they made history together. They went on an airplane ride on a lovely April evening in 1933. This book celebrates the pioneering spirit of two friends.

The illustrations by Brian Selznick are wonderful! I loved reading this book, but the pictures were incredibly well-drawn. I highly recommend giving this book a read! I had never heard such a s
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Manda
May 11, 2016 Manda rated it really liked it
Great picture book recounting a little-known event in the lives of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. Though relatively new to Pam Munoz Ryan's writing, I'm finding I like her books a lot! Really nice artwork as well.
Alexandria Hiam
Based on a true story and most beautifully illlustrated by Brian Selznick, this is a fictionalized account of a night that Amelia Earhart stayed at the whitehouse as a guest of then first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Both women were beloved of the nation at the time and the story is such a fun interpretation of what that night might have been like. In actuality Amelia only flew the plain for a portion of the ride and it is not known if the two of them did take a ride in Eleanor's car after the fligh ...more
A
Based on a true story and most beautifully illlustrated by Brian Selznick, this is a fictionalized account of a night that Amelia Earhart stayed at the whitehouse as a guest of then first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Both women were beloved of the nation at the time and the story is such a fun interpretation of what that night might have been like. In actuality Amelia only flew the plain for a portion of the ride and it is not known if the two of them did take a ride in Eleanor's car after the fligh ...more
Claudine
Jan 09, 2014 Claudine rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
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Kelly
Apr 27, 2015 Kelly added it
Kelly Wiegand
April 27, 2015
EDL54500 Library Materials for Children and Youth

Title: Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan

Plot: This picture book is based on true events when Eleanor Roosevelt hosted Amelia Earhart at the White House and they went a spontaneous airplane ride at night.

Setting: Washington D.C.; The White House

Characters: Amelia Earhart; Eleanor Roosevelt

Point-of-View: Third-Person

Themes: Friendship; Spontaneity; Adventure

Style: There is no specific style with the
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Abby Owens
Mar 30, 2016 Abby Owens rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book was a lot of fun! I never knew that Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were such good friends. This tells the story of when they had met in the Capital for a dinner and ended up flying so that Eleanor could see Washington DC on a clear night. This is an amazing book about friendship and encouraging each other to follow your dreams and to go on adventures. It is a really fun story and I think that it is a great way to get students to read Nonfiction books. I would just have this book ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Nov 25, 2014 Kay Mcgriff rated it it was amazing
Someone (I wish I could remember who) from the It's Monday! What Are You Reading! meme shared this book last week, and I knew I wanted to read it. I have long admired both Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. I can picture these two brave, strong women sneaking out for a late night flight and drive together. Both text and illustrations are captivating, and for the history buffs, the author's note in the back explains the fact from fiction in the story. Yes, this picture book is inspired by a tr ...more
Cheryl Mallette
One of my favorite picture books to share with students when we are learning about important historical figures. Amelia Earhart is of big interest because of her disappearance during a flight, so students enjoy reading stories related to her. This was also good to talk about how things have changed (past/present), since both women were pioneers in breaking some of the "rules" of how women should behave and/or act during the early 1900's. The pictures are beautiful, make sure to read the author's ...more
Jill
Mar 21, 2015 Jill rated it it was amazing
Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan is a charming story, and boasts drawings by Brian Selznick. The book is about the friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the celebrated aviator Amelia Earhart, also conveying some of the ways in which both women were daring pioneers for their time.

At a dinner at the White House, Earhart offered to take the First Lady for a ride, and, in spite of opposition from the Secret Service, they set off to Baltimore. They were back at the W
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Amy
Sep 27, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
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
Nov 05, 2009 (NS) Becca rated it really liked it
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
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Colby
Dec 03, 2011 Colby rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2011 Sarah-Rae Bugayong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: primary
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
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Stephanie Delvecchio
Apr 25, 2010 Stephanie Delvecchio rated it really liked it
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
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