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Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of Brave Bessie Coleman

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Reeve Lindbergh, the daughter of Charles Lindbergh, honors the courageous life of Bessie Coleman, the first licensed African-American aviator, in this ideal picture book for Black History Month and Women's History Month.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 4th 1996 by Candlewick (first published 1996)
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Daniel L.
Still an Inspiration for Young and Old, Black and White - In a Glorious Rainbow of Colors and Hope

As someone who has taught children for over 12 years, not counting the many more I spent raising my own, biographies - good biographies - are among the best books one can read to young ones or provide them with the opportunity for them to read it themselves, if they are able. Who says you cannot own the sky? Bessie Coleman was a young African-American woman had to go to France to earn her pilot's li
Nov 15, 2009 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick - name a female aviator!

Yes, yes, Amelia Earhart. Now name another one. Can't do it, can you? Well, how about Bessie Coleman - first African-American woman to have a pilot's license, and first American of ANY race or gender to have an international pilot's license - and she did it two years before Amelia, too! (She had to go overseas to get that license, because flight schools in the US wouldn't take a black aviator, and black aviators in the US wouldn't train a woman.)

Aviators in general
A great way to down play this woman's accomplishments and not tell her story at all is to put it into a rhyming poem! Just awful!
Markia Sopson
Sep 30, 2013 Markia Sopson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text-set
This books tells of the story of "brave bessie" coleman and how she began to fly. I liked this book because it allows children to think about why it may not have been typical for a girl like Bessie to be able to fly during her time period. The book stated that she was a woman and that she wasn't white as two reasons why she wouldn't be able to even consider flying. I also like that the book is written in English and Vietnamese so it does give room for children of other cultures to identify anoth ...more
Lindsay Bunchman
This book is a great tool for both the social studies and language arts classrooms. While the historically significant story of Bessie Coleman is taught, students are also led to inquire why she was not able to fly in the United States. Racial barriers could be discussed with students. Bessie is also a great example of an inspirational woman that would not give up on her dream. With regard to language arts, students will see a wondeful example of poetry and rhyme. They will also be able to discu ...more
OK, I admit I may be confusing the book with the life of Bessie Coleman, who I consider one of the most brilliant, brave and amazing African-American women who ever lived. She learned to fly at a time (very early 20th century) when neither the economy nor the social mileu would have permitted such a thing. She overcame incredible obstacles. Sadly, she died in a plane crash but not before she proved that African American women can do whatever they dream of doing.
Feb 17, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012-13
Nobody owns the sky... so a young African American (1/2 Native American) woman rises above the challenges to become the first licensed black aviator in the world. Short, rhyming text. Leaves you wanting to know more. Author is the daughter of aviator, Charles Lindbergh. Lovely illustrations.
Nov 10, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it
This was a rhyming story about Bessie Coleman written by Charles Lindbergh's daughter. That's kind of an interesting mix. Anyway, the illustrations and the poetry are both pretty well done. It's an approachable text for younger readers though it is fairly long.
Becca Holcomb
Apr 09, 2011 Becca Holcomb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
The illustrations in this book are awesome for students make strong predictions. This is an awesome book to use in the class as a social studies lesson. The book reflects on the historical figure Bessie Coleman an African American pilot in the 1920's.
Megan Coloutti
Apr 19, 2010 Megan Coloutti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of the pioneer aviator, honors the memory of a young African American woman named Bessie who refused to let her flying dreams die despite obstacles. Another great addition to a history unit!
This book is great for social studies and language arts. Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to fly planes. Beautiful illustrations!!! Sad ending that was surprising.
Sharonta Johnson
This is a great book to use for a social studies lesson. The book can be used to introduce the lesson on Bessie Coleman.
Apr 28, 2015 Klelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
inspiring. read aloud with my 8 year old friend and she loved it. and i liked the illustrations.
Nov 21, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
good book for little girls
Sarah May
Great non-fiction with rhymes
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Children's author, novelist, and poet Reeve Lindbergh is the daughter of world-renowned aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife, the talented writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
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