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Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator Hardcover – August 1, 2008

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Grade 3–6—Although this biography of the famous aviator who has fascinated Americans for decades has no new information to offer, it is nicely formatted and has attractive illustrations. The work is shaped like a picture book but has a lot of text, some with hundreds of words per page. Tanaka focuses on Earhart's flying and spends only a little time on other aspects of her life. The writing is interesting and flows well. A list of sources for all the quotes used appears in the back matter, and the bibliography and index are substantial. The book is illustrated primarily with the same set of historical photographs found in other Earhart biographies. However, seven full-page paintings by Craig add vitality to this offering. These realistic pictures are carefully researched and visually dramatic. They match the feeling of the historical photos and the tone of the narrative. This is a good choice for those needing a profile of the famous flier. DK's Amelia Earhart: A Photographic Story of a Life (2007) is also well written, delves deeper into the woman's personal life, and is a good choice for those wanting a longer biography.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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*Starred Review* Amelia Earhart has been the subject of many youth biographies, but this one, a picture book for older children, is especially informative—and attractive. Earhart’s story begins when Amelia is 11 and a plane is pointed out to her at an Iowa fair. She is unimpressed then, but as a college student who volunteered as a nurse’s aide during the First World War, she saw planes aplenty and caught the flying bug. By the 1920s, Earhart was airborne and found fame in the air—as the first woman passenger on a transatlantic flight, then setting her own flying records. Tanaka writes with the sweep and excitement of an airplane climbing into the sky, while the format and visuals wonderfully enhance the text. In addition to a treasure trove of archival photographs, which capture Earhart’s appeal from her youth, there are a variety of handsomely rendered paintings, starting with the cover illustration that shows Earhart in her plane as crowds of male onlookers cheer. Several sidebars enlighten readers on everything from technical problems to fan mail for girls. Though Tanaka doesn’t turn this into a feminist tract, preferring to let Earhart’s accomplishments speak for themselves, she does point out that women’s options were limited, even as several women flyers appear in the book. Well sourced and well written, this is a fitting tribute to a high flyer. Grades 2-4. --Ilene Cooper

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810970953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810970953
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Amelia was eleven years old when she spotted her first plane, but had no interest whatsoever in it. She was much more interested in a prize she won at the Iowa State Fair. A simple hat made from a peach basket was far more interesting. So much for the plane. It "looked like a heap of rusty wire and wood," but in a few short years something like that would utterly fascinate her. Things weren't easy for the little Earhart family. Amelia, her sister Muriel and her mother would later have to move many times. Her father drank heavily at times and her parent's rocky relationship eventually became irreparable. The moving, however, did give her a taste for adventure.

Later adventure awaited her. She worked as a nurse's aid, attended medical school, became a social worker, but then she began to notice something. She had been watching planes and soon they tugged at her heart. She wanted to fly and took lessons. An opportunity came for her to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928. By that time she even owned her own plane, but this dangerous adventure would make her famous. When the pontoon plane, the "Friendship," landed in Wales there was no turning back. Flying was her destiny. She began to set records and pored over maps thinking up new adventures. Amelia had her heart set on an around the world flight. Her Lockheed Electra was demolished in Hawaii and she'd have to start over. Amelia was determined and her plane left Oakland for the second time . . .

This book fascinated me because it was very well written, exciting and there were a number of photographs I hadn't see before. The sense of adventure was evident on many of the pages. There are numerous informative sidebars, photographs and several vibrant paintings scattered throughout the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mandaa on May 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is such a great informational book about Amelia Earhart. This would be good for all elementary levels and can show that people can pursue their dreams even though somethings aren't a particular "women's" kind of job to people such as in Amelia's case, being a girl pilot. All things can be done such as how hairstylists is mainly a woman thing, but some men do pursue it. I absolutely love how this books takes us back to when she was young and tells us about her life. Also how they show actual pictures of her rather than trying to draw her. I think having those real pictures of Amelia will grab the kids' attention much better because they'll see how she really looked and things she did in "real life" and not in an imaginary life. Most importantly it will give them the courage to pursue whatever they want to be when they grow up no matter if it's a typical "woman" or "man" job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 20, 2013
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Great presentation of material and made easy for my grand daughter to use in school project. Would recommend as an intro to Amelia Earhart's life and achievements.
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Format: Hardcover
Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator is about the famous female pilot whose plane disappeared in 1937. This book describes the fascinating true-life story of the adventurous woman aviator. The pictures are astounding and they give interest to the reader. The illustrations are original artworks, photographs and include great detail. The book also includes a bibliography. Although it looks like a picture book, the story is full of text. This particular book is very informative and would be very useful in a history class. The students would not only benefit from reading this good book but they would also learn from it. The pictures are vivid and eye-catching. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and would include it in my class library. It was very deserving of the Orbis Pictus Award.
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By Krista on November 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved that the theme throughout Amelia Earnheart: the Legend of the Lost Aviator was following your dreams. This is a perfect idea to discuss with young children. This biography shows the readers that Earnheart did not grow up a privileged life, and put herself through medical school, and became a social worker. I liked that sexism is discussed in a book that targets such young audiences. It is important to teach children of struggles our American ancestors went through. The pictures are vivid and detailed which gives readers an idea of what things actually looked like in Earnheart's world. The author really portrays how fearless she was, and how she is such a role model for young children.
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Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons, it was really informative and inspiring not just to women but to any one with a passions or dreams. Even with her families struggling past and the doubt and pressure of society she makes a name for herself and becomes famous from something she is passionate about and sets many records. This book was really clear and easy to read and fallow. The illustrations are vibrant and appealing to the eye, the photographs are really amazing as well. This is a book I would recommend to all ages, I had know a little about Amelia Earhart before but this book gives you different information about the amazing woman then the text books from grade school.
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By dperez308 on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for children. It is filled with great and interesting details. It is very informative through not only the text, but the pictures as well. The pictures in this book are so vivid, they really capture the readers attention. This book shows that Amelia Earhart was very much a role model and it would be nice to let children look up to her. The book really gives a clear telling of her journey and how it so tragically and abruptly ended. I would definitely read this book in my classroom, I feel that the students would very much enjoy reading it.
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