Jun 14, 11
Read in June, 2011
This is a visually attractive picture book biography that focuses on the famous aviator's successful transAtlantic flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in 1932. The author describes Amelia's determination as she flies blindly through fog and ice and deals with failing instruments, almost plummeting into the Atlantic Ocean before pulling her Vega up, a mere ten feet above the ocean waves. I love the inclusion of an Afterword, list of resources, and Things Amelia Said. The gouache and watercolor illustrations celebrate her triumph as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and the mingled danger and beauty of the skies around her while the text provides a you-are-there feeling that puts the reader right in the cockpit alongside this female groundbreaker. Pair this one with Candace Fleming's Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart (2011) for older readers and Shelley Tanaka's Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator (2008)for additional perspectives on Amelia who still manages to intrigue so many of us long after her death.