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Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator

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The ever-fascinating story of the legendary pilot is given new life in this vividly told true-life adventure.



Ever since Amelia Earhart and her plane disappeared on July 2, 1937, people have wanted to know more about this remarkable woman. Amelia Earhart follows the charismatic aviator from her first sight of an airplane at the age of ten to the last radio transmission she
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Harry N. Abrams
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karen
Jul 19, 2009 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: mark-harmon
when i first learned i had to read this for class, and i brought a picture of the cover up on the screen, i thought amelia was shooting laser beams out of her eyes like a robot. imagine my disappointment... i never really understood the amelia earhart fascination: she was just a pretty girl who got herself lost. mysteriously. she is famous for having failed. mysteriously. and we will love our failures. but i know she paved the way for spunky girls everywhere, and lord knows i havent done anythin ...more
Lizzy Herda
Apr 17, 2016 Lizzy Herda rated it really liked it
Amelia Earhart the Legend of the Lost Aviator educates readers on her voyage and true love for airplanes. Starting from her childhood at a young age the book describes her first interaction with an airplane at age 11 and how it really did not interest her. Having other hobbies in her life, an airplane was the least of her interests. Hearing about the challenges she overcame in life and the plane flights that brought her name to being the first woman to fly solo across the U.S. from the Atlantic ...more
Monique Isaak
Apr 04, 2016 Monique Isaak rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
Amelia Earhart the Legend of the Lost Aviator educates readers on her voyage and true love for airplanes. Starting from her childhood at a young age the book describes her first interaction with an airplane at age 11 and how it really did not interest her. Having other hobbies in her life, an airplane was the least of her interests. With Amelia loving to try new things, her non-interest for planes was about to turn right around. Dealing with a death, family drinking issues, and divorce, a lot of ...more
Andrew Upchurch
Dec 06, 2015 Andrew Upchurch rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

This is a picture book biography of Amelia Earhart and her life as a female pilot. Alongside full-paged text, the illustrations are comprised of a combination of detailed oil paintings and real life photographs of Amelia. Divided into five key aspects surrounding Amelia’s life, the book explains the struggles and challenges that Amelia Earhart overcame in order to fulfill her dreams of flying planes. Looking at multiple different perspectives, Amelia Earhart’s life is shaped around what many see
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Erin Feller
May 08, 2015 Erin Feller rated it it was amazing
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This book is packed full of information! I even learned new facts about Amelia Earhart from reading this biography. This book attracted be because of its honor as a Kansas Notable Book and it did not disappoint. My favorite part of this book was that it switched off from real pictures from Amelia's life and illustrated paintings by David Craig. This is obviously a biography but it almost reads as a story book, making it more inviting and interesting for the reader.

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Vanessa
Dec 09, 2014 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
I was really impressed with how interesting Amelia Earhart’s life seemed through Tanaka’s writing. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and won awards for the records that she set during her career as a pilot. Tanaka describes Earhart as charismatic and says that she has been passionate about airplanes ever since she was 10 and saw one in the sky. That is where the story starts. The book captures the reader’s attention in telling Earhart’s life as a famous f ...more
Gabrielle Blockton
Date: September 8th, 2014

Author: Shelley Tanaka; Illustrations by David Craig

Title: Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator

Plot: Tanaka's biographical picture-book focuses on the short, yet mysterious life of Amelia Earhart, from the time she decided to wanted to fly to her very last flight around the world.

Setting: Various settings; California

Characters: Amelia Earhart, Wilmer "Bill" Stultz; Louis "Slim" Gordon, George Putnam

Point-of-View: Third-Person

Theme: Traveling, Destination, Det
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Stephanie Schilling
Apr 25, 2016 Stephanie Schilling rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Jacquelyn Hoogendyk
Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka is a fascinating non-fiction informational book. This book tells the life of Amelia Earhart from her childhood all the way up to what people think happened to her when she disappeared. This book has great historical information and wonderful illustrations to make the middle level reader become engaged in the story and interested in the outcome of Amelia Earhart! Tanaka discusses Earhart's life with detailed facts and information. A ...more
Katie Levin
Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator tells the inspiring tale of Amelia Earhart’s life. Amelia had always had a love for planes and easily confirmed her love when she visited a military flying yard, where she had learned to fly her first plane. After World War II ended, Amelia visited many plane shows with her father and decided she wanted to fly. She took lessons from a woman and flew across the Atlantic ocean, in which she became the very first women to ever do so. This story also te ...more
Caty Carino
Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator won the 2009 Orbis Pictus Award. Through vivid contemporary pictures this book captures the fascinating life of Amelia Earhart. Since she disappeared people have been aching to learn more about this adventurous aviator. Through water colored pictures and real photographs of Amelia the book takes the reader from when she was a young child and seeing her first plane to when she was in her final plane ride of her life. Even though Amelia was a woman sh ...more
Melissa Morton
Apr 30, 2014 Melissa Morton rated it really liked it
Shelves: tl307-spring2014
Tanaka begins the story with a telling of Amelia’s early life and childhood, and the events leading up to her intense interest in aviation. Tanaka then goes into chronicling Amelia’s first transatlantic flight and rising fame, her solo transatlantic flight, and then her first and second attempts at flying around the world. The story ends with Amelia’s disappearance, and offers theories on what might have happened to her and her airplane. Writing a biography in this way is beneficial because the ...more
Kaelyn O'Brien
Dec 08, 2015 Kaelyn O'Brien rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
After growing up with the desire to help others Amelia became a nurses aide. Working diligently, according to author Shelley Tanaka, Amelia spent a majority of her time scrubbing floors. After visiting a military flying school Amelia felt an urge to fly. She begged her father to take her flying. Thinking it would end her crazy desire to fly her father took her flying, however, this only sparked a greater desire for Amelia to be in the air. Earhart soon desired to fly around the world. She spent ...more
Ashley Kerns
Apr 22, 2014 Ashley Kerns rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Students studying flight
Recommended to Ashley by: Myself
Amelia Earhart the Legend of the Lost Aviator is a picture book biography about Amelia Earhart’s life. It explains briefly Earhart’s childhood and her flying career. Earhart had many careers but after her experience of being the first woman passenger to travel across the Atlantic, she wanted to become a woman pilot. She also became a public speaker and spoke about the roles of woman and that they can do anything men can do. Earhart flew three quarters of the way around the world before disappear ...more
Madison Young
Dec 10, 2014 Madison Young rated it really liked it
Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator tells the inspiring tale of Amelia Earhart’s life. Amelia Earhart saw her first plane when she was eleven years old at the Iowa State Fair, but her love of planes really developed when she was serving as a nurse’s aide in Toronto during the time of World War I. One day, she visited a military flying yard and that was when she had her first urge to fly a plane. Years later and after the war ended, Amelia went to an air show near Los Angeles with her ...more
Madeline Isaak
Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator won the 2009 Orbis Pictus Award. Through vivid contemporary pictures this book captures the fascinating life of Amelia Earhart. Since she disappeared people have been aching to learn more about this adventurous aviator. Through water colored pictures and real photographs of Amelia the book takes the reader from when she was a young child and seeing her first plane to when she was in her final plane ride of her life. Even though Amelia was a woman sh ...more
Adam Schuch
This book was very text heavy. I would say it was more informational than biography. I like how the book had actual photographs of Amelia and it went into her entire life. This book isn’t just about her flying career. I learned about her marriage, her childhood, and her struggles pursuing her dream of aviation. I learned a lot in this book. I never knew that they had found some bones around where she disappeared. I also didn’t know how far she had gotten across the world and where she had disapp ...more
Adam Schuch
Nov 18, 2015 Adam Schuch rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was very text heavy. I would say it was more informational than biography. I like how the book had actual photographs of Amelia and it went into her entire life. This book isn’t just about her flying career. I learned about her marriage, her childhood, and her struggles pursuing her dream of aviation. I learned a lot in this book. I never knew that they had found some bones around where she disappeared. I also didn’t know how far she had gotten across the world and where she had disapp ...more
Mandie Hill
Apr 25, 2016 Mandie Hill rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-books
When I first got this book, I did not realize it was going to be as long as it was! It was basically a chapter book filled with a bunch of pictures throughout. The book itself explains the childhood all the way to the disappearance of Amelia in detail while painting a picture in the readers mind that gives you a more thorough view of the story apart from the pictures and photographs. I think this would be a great book for children to read as it shows them how determination and following the driv ...more
Emma Hendrickson
Apr 26, 2015 Emma Hendrickson rated it really liked it
Through vivid contemporary pictures by Shelley Tanka, this book captures the fascinating life of Amelia Earhart and brings her world to life. Since she disappeared people have been aching to learn more about this adventurous aviator. Through water colored pictures and real photographs of Amelia the book takes the reader from when she was a young child and seeing her first plane to when she was in her final plane ride of her life. Amelia was only 11 when seeing her first airplane. This book also ...more
Tanner Greyn
Apr 12, 2015 Tanner Greyn rated it really liked it
Amelia Earhart was a ground breaker. Although she was not the first woman to fly an airplane, she took flying to the next level. Through this story, the readers sees how Earhart becomes enthralled with flying and always wanted to push her flying abilities further and further. Being an advocate, not just for girls but anyone along her journey, she pushed heavily for women's rights. Her wonderful flying career though came to an end just before she completed her around the world journey. Shelley Ta ...more
Ken Martin
Oct 21, 2014 Ken Martin added it
Shelves: nonfiction
This was an amazing informational book about Amelia Earhart. This can show that people can pursue their dreams even though some times things aren't a particular "girls" kind of job to people such as in Amelia's case, being a girl pilot. This books takes us back to when she was a young girl and tells us about her life. I think that the most important takeaway from this book is that it will give children the courage to pursue whatever they want to be when they grow up no matter what. This book wou ...more
Anna Jones
Jul 15, 2015 Anna Jones rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book! I liked reading about how her love for planes began. Also, I liked reading about the adventures she went on before she went on the one where she went missing. The pictures were also really great. Some were illustrations and some were actual pictures. I would definitely have this in my classroom. It would teach students about Amelia Earhart's history. But also, it teaches them to not give up and do not stop doing something you love just because someone doesn't think you ...more
Lydia Rodriguez
Apr 30, 2014 Lydia Rodriguez rated it it was ok
Amelia remembered the first time she saw an airplane in the Iowa state fair when she was young. She knew that she wanted her own plane and bought her own. Amelia was not afraid to fly across the Atlantic Ocean knowing that many people died trying. This book had many interesting facts about Amelia Earhart and was very inspiring. I remembered learning about Amelia Earhart when I was younger but I enjoyed learning more about her in a children's book because it had personal things a textbook does no ...more
Ann
Jun 24, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Amelia Earhart's life told in perspective of her growing up years. Photos interwoven with canvas paintings. She is remembered as loving adventure books. She lived a well-rounded life and held various jobs including nurse, photographer, english teacher, social worker and gravel truck driver. She saw her first airplane 1908 and lived in Kansas with her grandparents. She was never afraid to try new things which led her to cross the Atlantic and attempt a trip around the world with navigator-Frank N ...more
Canadian Children's Book Centre
“Amelia Earhart remembered seeing her first airplane when she was eleven years old.” So begins the story of one of the greatest aviators of all time. The year was 1908 and the airplane was still a primitive method of travel. It was 1920 before she took her first flight – after a stint nursing WWI veterans in Toronto and trying medical school – but after one flight she was hooked. She began flying lessons, bought her own plane and practised whenever she could – becoming a social worker to support ...more
Erin
I've always had a bit of a fascination with mysterious disappearances. If I remember correctly I read the Lost and Never Found books several times. In general, Amelia Earhart was a well done story; the pictures and text combined nicely for an easy flow throughout the book. I have one complaint. The book flap states that Earhart disappeared on July 2. It also claims in a caption on page 34 that on July 9 (seven days after disappearing), Earhart and her navigator ate a hearty meal in Venezuela. In ...more
Cait
Oct 18, 2014 Cait rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013

Up until now I didn’t know much about Amelia Earhart, except for the basics. A pretty pilot, who went missing during one of her flights. Yup, the absolutely basics.

But then I watched a movie that had her in it. No, it wasn’t “Amelia” starring Hilary Swank. It was “Night at the Muesum: Battle of the Smithsonian” starring Ben Stiller. In the movie Amy Adams portrays Earhart and I found her, of all the characters in the film, the one I was drawn to the most. Adam’s performance opened up my curiosi
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Tiffany
Apr 20, 2012 Tiffany added it
Shelves: eced-221
Ameila Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator is about a woman who took flight without fear. By taking us through her complete adventures of flying, the reader learns all about Amelia Earhart and her ambitious dreams.

This book most definitely accurate and authentic in conveying factual, documented material. Even in the back of the book, there is proof of the references and resources in which the author recieved the information in the book. The text is presented in a very organized way. The book
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Marissa Masterson
Apr 21, 2012 Marissa Masterson rated it really liked it
Shelves: eced-221
Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka is a 2009 Orbus Pictus Award book. This book takes the reader through the journey of Amelia Earharts life all the way from her childhood through all of her journeys flying across the Atlantic and the whole world. This book was very factual and filled with accurate details. It was all about Amelia Earharts life and all of the information was authentic. There were pictures and small captions that went along with the text to prove it ...more
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