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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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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
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
Meghan Krogh
Jul 12, 2015 Meghan Krogh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who enjoy observing delightful friendships
Shelves: wishlist, xx, feminism
Ugh this was wonderful.
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
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
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
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".
Shawna Vinovich
Oct 09, 2016 Shawna Vinovich rated it it was amazing
This book is about the night Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States, took an adventure together. It explains how the two women met, became friends and the risks they liked to take. This author made sure her research was accurate before writing this children’s story and her dialogue in the story was from newspaper accounts, book transcripts and diaries, which is a great way to teach students how they ...more
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
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.

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
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
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.
Oct 20, 2016 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Read for 5420 class

I love stories featuring strong, independent women. Girls (and boys) need to be read these stories from a young age, and this is an excellent book for that purpose!
This book would be more historical fiction than fact since it takes certain liberties as to what happened, but the writer does mention in the back of the book what really happened. This book tells the story of what happened when two famous women got together and decided to do what they really wanted to do. It's a pity though, that Eleanor Roosevelt never got her pilot's license! That would have added to the awesomeness that was Eleanor Roosevelt!
Sep 29, 2016 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations in black, white, and purple by Brian Selznick. Historical fiction for the K-3 crowd. Lovely introduction to Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. The author's note at the end gives the parts that are true versus the fictionalized part.
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
This is the book Leslie Knope would have wanted to write. Lovely illustrations and such a fun story. I'm a big fan of these 2 free-thinking feminists!
Lauren Paolucci
Sep 18, 2016 Lauren Paolucci rated it really liked it
This book tells a story about two courageous women in history. I really liked how even though Eleanor was the first lady, she still went out on adventures. This was a great book about the friendship of two powerful women. Good read!
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
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
Robyn Schaefer
Dec 28, 2014 Robyn Schaefer rated it really liked it
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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