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Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  443 ratings  ·  101 reviews
“Hearts will be racing.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A work to inspire further learning.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Vivid.” —The Horn Book

A picture book biography of the first woman in flight—Amelia Earhart—by NCTE Orbis Pictus Award-winner Robert Burleigh.

Award-winning author Robert Burleigh has captured Amelia Earhart's first solo flight across the Atlantic i
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Aviation Buffs / Readers Looking for Picture-Books About Amelia Earhart
One May night in 1932, in Habour Grace, Newfoundland, a woman and her plane waited to take off. Amelia Earhart, the famous aviator, was attempting the second trans-Atlantic flight in history, and the first to be piloted by a woman. Over the next fourteen hours and fifty-six minutes, across two thousand and twenty-six miles, she flew through the night, braving storms, nose-dives, and a leaky exhaust pipe, to finally land in the beauty of the morning, in a field in Derry, Northern Ireland...

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Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Telling the story of the pilot, Amelia Earhart, when she crossed the Atlantic Ocean alone in 1932, Robert Burleigh creates a lyrical text that captivates the reader. Complimenting the text are the detailed, historically correct drawings of the plane and beautiful character paintings of the pilot. One feels like he or she is actually in the cockpit flying with Earhart as she deals with the problems and triumphs of her flight. Both the author, Burleigh, and illustrator, Wendell Minor, have done th ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I've always been fascinated by Amelia Earhart, perhaps because I always wanted to learn how to fly an airplane. This book vividly described Amelia Earhart's first solo flight across the Atlantic in May 1932. I felt like I was there! She was so lucky not to have crashed into the ocean, with her instruments conking out on her. An afterword by the author at the end of the book provides further details about Amelia Earhart's life. I also especially enjoyed the selection of quotes by Amelia at the en ...more
Kim Crawshaw
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, direct language with bold, beautiful artwork to support it.
Mikaela Robbins
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first women to cross the Atlantic Ocean. This book follows her journey as a pilot that night, landing in Ireland to complete the trip. I really liked this book because it is a tale of encouragement. I have always looked up to Amelia Earhart, and this book gives insight into what it could have been like on that night. The illustrations were really beautiful too. I think that this book could be used more for middle elementary, around 3 or 4th grade.
Samantha Graffeo
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic
Author: Robert Burleigh
Illustrator: Wendall Minor
Genre: Biography (Grades 3rd-5th)
Themes: Flight, Planes
Opening Line/Sentence: "The plane swoops like a swallow over dark patches of puddles and patches of tundra."
Brief Book Summary: This book is all about the 1932 flight of Amelia Earhart across the Atlantic Ocean. The illustrations are gorgeous and really depict the fears, wonders, and breath taking moments Earhart went through on this sol
Savannah Harpster
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story begins in Newfoundland on May 20, 1932 with Amelia beginning her run down the runway in her airplane, Vega. But, not before giving herself a pep talk, “It is here: the hour, the very minute. Go!” Here Burleigh tries to create her thoughts and feelings once more which is a brilliant perspective. Amelia has been up in the sky for hours gazing upon her beloved clouds, always looking on wards towards the wide horizon. Now she is brought back from her distant memories of first-time things ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
There are no shortage of books for young people about aviator Amelia Earhart--everything from picture books to longer biographies. So do we really need another book about Amelia? I'd answer with a resounding "yes"; this new release by Robert Burleigh, which came out just in time for Women's History Month, is a terrific addition to what is already in print.

On his website, Burleigh comments that no matter what his topic (he has written over 30 books), he likes the book "to convey the feeling of i
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book, in my opinion, did an absolutely amazing job telling about Amelia Earhart, who is sill on of the most well-known female pilots, and how she was brave enough to do something not many people had the courage to do. This book is good for children in 2nd grade-5th grade. The writing style Robert Burleigh uses really helps readers feel like they are there in the moment, rather than reading a book. The story comes from a third-person perspective and is written in two-line stanzas. Robert Bur ...more
Betsie Johnson
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This book was very well done. The illustrations and are stunning and the writing is beautiful. I would definitely read this book to my class if we were studying American History, or influential women in America. The first spread in the book shows Amelia's map of when she traveled across the Atlantic from Newfoundland to Ireland. It shows her flight distance and flight time, and the exact location of her departure and arrival. The very last spread in the book shows the sp
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This gorgeous and beautifully written picture book follows Amelia Earhart as she tries to be the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic Ocean alone. Beginning with Earhart rolling down the runway in Newfoundland on May 20, 1932, the book is not only about the trip but also about the beauty of flight, the moments of wonder, the fears, the dedication it takes, and the incredible feat that Amelia Earhart accomplished.

Burleigh has written the book in paired lines that are filled with poet
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Night Flight by Robert Burleigh tells the amazing story of Amelia Earhart’s journey across the Atlantic Ocean, as the first woman to fly a plane across it alone! Burleigh tells the story as if it were happening through vivid descriptions and images that follow every hour of the journey. Readers feel as if they are in the plane alongside Amelia experiencing everything along with her.
This historical fiction children’s book helps bring insight into the beginnings of aviation and the fame that came
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In one of the newest additions to the collection of children's books covering Amelia Earhart, Burleigh and Minor tell the story of Earhart's first crossing of the Atlantic from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland in her red Vega. The flight is exciting and dangerous - Earhart catches a storm after midnight and is plunged into darkness as she struggles to keep the plane going despite ice on the wings and a broken altimeter. Burleigh tells the story in short, two line stanzas capture the immediacy of ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Night Flight is about Amelia Earhart's 1932 historic solo flight from Newfoundland to Ireland.

Earlier this year, my third grade students had several lessons on historical fact vs. historical fiction. One of the topics we covered was Amelia Earhart. They became very interested in learning about this remarkable woman. As a result, I'm constantly on the look out for good books on Amelia Earhart to share with them.

Burleigh's book is a beautifully illustrated biographical picture book detailing Earha
Alex Sandiland
This book is about the journey of Amelia Earhart and how she crossed the Atlantic Ocean. It starts out at 7:12 pm and Amelia is just getting ready for take off. She soars into the shimmering clouds, she is trying to be the first women to cross the dark ocean, all by herself. Midnight strikes and so does the lightening. Her airplane wobbles and thrashes from the storm. Then her altimeter breaks, she will never know how high she is. She tries to out climb the storm. She notices that their is ice o ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Night Flight is a wonderful biographical picture book which details Amelia Earhart's solo transatlantic flight in May of 1932. The flight began in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland on a red Vega plane. The story of this courageous woman, and her love of trying new things will be etched in the reader's mind. Whether it was roller skating, riding roller coasters, or horses barebacked, Amelia wasn't afraid to try new things.

In vivid detail, the author describes the "shimmering clouds", "mountains like wr
Every year the Monarch throws in a couple picture books for older readers. Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 was one of last years and Night Flight is this years. I skipped K-3 in favor of 5th and I recommend that you do, too.

4th & 5th graders know who Amelia Earhart is. They won't get too spooked by the storm that could have killed her. They'll go along with the vast amounts of figurative language, for it abounds.

Yes, the figurative language is a bit much in places, but OK. I've read it 4 time
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very poetic presentation of Amelia's flight across the Atlantic as the first woman to do so, with quite an advanced vocabulary for being a children's book. It does a good job of presenting the suspense that Amelia was in as she rode through the storm, realizes her altimeter isn't working, and then flights through fatigue and fear as she realizes that gas is leaking from the plane. I also like how it feels like there are pieces of Amelia in there: quotes from her about how she felt about the jo ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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 il ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Night Flight by Robert Burleigh is a must read about the first transatlantic flight of Amelia Earhart back in 1932. Amelia is only the second person to have completed a flight during that time. Amelia Earhart decides to test out her vega plane on a transatlantic flight to Ireland. Storms, broken plane parts, and silence from the world for 14 hours were only some of the hurdles that Amelia faces during her trip. She lands safely in the end and figured out that her first flight was 2026 miles acro ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic by Robert Burleigh is the story of Earhart’s plane trip from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to Northern Ireland. The trip was on May 20, 1932 and lasted almost fifteen hours. On the way, Earhart saw the great beauty of the world as well as its ugliness. By midnight on May 20, 1932, a thunderstorm has brewed and Earhart must use her skill and lessons to plunge ahead. This trip made Earhart the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean on her own. ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story tells the story about Amelia Earhart and her flight across the Atlantic. It was a quiet evening on a farm in Ireland in 1932, until Amelia gave them quite the surprise. She landed the airplane she was flying in his farm field. This was a rare sight for anyone to witness during this time period. This story show what a very courageous and brave women she was as well as what an amazing accomplish this was for her. I really enjoyed this book. I found myself looking at the illustrations fo ...more
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I was immediately drawn to this book because in second grade we write Biographies. I was interested in seeing if this would be a good fit book for my students to read as a resource for their biographies. I do not think that it would help in the writing, but it would aid in understanding who Amelia Earhart was. The back of the book does give an afterword, internet sources, technical notes, and actual quotes by Amelia.

The "voice" this story is written in is unique and mysterious. It would be a gr
Gretchelle A
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Alexandria Jakupovic
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
May 20, 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to complete a transatlantic flight from Newfoundland, Canada to a farm field in Ireland. The breath taking paintings by Wendell Minor truly make the emotions and story come to life. Before the Red Vega asscends into the sky the reader can sense a little fear from Earhart but the love of the thrill of first time things helps push doubt out of her mind. The first part of Earhart's flight goes smoothly, but around midnight a horrible storm erupts. ...more
Leticia Martinez
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is from the 2013 Monarch Award List
This story is about a girl name Amelia and she is on an adventure to Ireland on May 20, 1932. When she leaves Newfoundland on a red Vega jet plane, she is on a journey that lasted 14 hours and 56 minutes and a total of 2,060 miles all by herself across the Atlantic Ocean. "Women must try to do things as man have tried." In her journey, she get hungry and tired, however she "wakes from her half dream" and realizes that its thundering and is now afraid
Tiffany Jolly
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Burleigh, Robert. Night Flight. Illus by Wendell Minor. Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2011, Unp, primary.
In Night Flight, the biography of Amelia Earhart describes an hour by hour caption of her solo flight over the Atlantic, as the first woman. The narrator done in third person creates a style that is descriptive and easy to read with a touching tone. Minor created watercolor illustrations that are bold and lifel
Diana Judd
This is a book about Amelia Earhart's experience in becoming the second person, and first woman to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic. She left from Canada, and arrived in Ireland. I really enjoyed this book because it's not just told as straight facts in a boring way, the author uses beautiful language and crafts a great story. While all the details are facts such as times, locations, the plane, that kind of thing, it is possible that the author took some liberties in describing Amelia ...more
This picture book will be a good beginning to introducing Amelia Earhart to a group of young readers. One of America’s first woman pilots, and one of our tragic mysteries in aviation, After 80 plus years, she still fascinates with her achievements and her stories. This particular book tells about Amelia Earhart’s hair-raising experience when she made her first trans-Atlantic flight, the first woman to do so. Wendell Minor fills the pages with tension in his paintings of the particular events of ...more
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
I enjoyed reading Night Flight because I am particularly interested in Amelia Earhart to begin with. Night Flight is a powerful book because it shows that girls can do what boys can do. It shows the importance of Amelia's flight and I think this book can uplift and give young girls courage to achieve their goals. Also, this book used an ample amount of descriptive words and illustrations to capture the attention of the reader. I think Night Flight could be used for a lesson of how to use descrip ...more
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