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Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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Jan 20, 2010

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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, thoroughly enjoyed this. Before ending the night, Eleanor takes Amelia for a joy ride in their new car.

This book is based on a true story, and is a great book to add to a history lesson. It discusses how unusual it was for women to be pilots and to drive cars. These women were part of some of the first generations of women to really push for equality among men and women. In the "Author's Note," Ryan tells the real history behind this eventful night. She also mentions how both Amelia and Eleanor were great activists for women's rights.

I really enjoyed this book. I can imagine using this book as a read-aloud for fun or for an introduction to a history lesson. This book was elected as an American Library Association Notable Book for Children (ALAN) and as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book by the National Council for the Social Studies in 2000.

Themes: Women independence, determination, history, activists, civil rights

Curricular use: Read aloud, independent reading

Level: ages 5-10

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