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Amelia Earhart Free in the Skies (American Heroes) Paperback – August 1, 2003

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Grade 2-6-This biography of the pioneering aviator is presented in a full-color, comic-book format. Earhart's quest for adventure and her determination not to become simply an icon for the feminist movement led her to pilot a record-breaking solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Though the format does not allow for extensive details, readers will get a sense of the woman's determined nature and early life. Because much is unknown about Earhart's tragic final flight, it merits only a postscript here. The focus instead is on providing glimpses of her life from childhood (portrayed in black-and-white flashbacks) through the solo flight. Though heavy on fictionalizing, the colorful, high-interest format is appealing, especially for reluctant readers. Paired with Into the Air (Harcourt, 2002), a biography of the Wright brothers by the same author and illustrator, it adds an interesting dimension to the study of aviation.
Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA
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Gr. 2-4. In this volume in the American Heroes series, the pioneer aviator is treated to a biography in full-color comic-book format. Earhart's determination to do more than serve as a feminine figurehead by taking control of a record-breaking flight comes through clearly, although the brevity and format of the book preclude extensive details. Readers will, however, get a glimpse of Earhart's daredevil nature, her acquaintance with and subsequent marriage to G. P. Putnam, and her 14-hour solo flight from North America to Britain, depicted handily in flashbacks. A postscript makes note of her mysterious disappearance. Children will need additional sources to gain a full understanding of both Earhart's place in women's history and her personal development; however, this is a pleasing anecdotal glance at a legendary figure, accomplished with colors, visual panache, and a comic-book panel arrangement, all well-suited to the story. A ready companion to Into the Air (2002), about the Wright Brothers, by the same author and artist. Francisca Goldsmith
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Series: American Heroes
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sandpiper; 1-Simul edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152168109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152168100
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,383,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Over the past 35 years, I have published poems, reviews, essays, many filmstrips and videos, and more than 40 children's picture books.

Born and raised in Chicago, I graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana) and later received an MA in humanities from the University of Chicago. I've published books for children since the early 1990s. My books - including numerous unpublished ones! - run a broad gamut, from stories geared for pre-schoolers to survival stories and biographies aimed at seven to eleven-year-olds. My work is wide-ranging because, basically, I'm a generalist by experience - and inclination!

In addition to writing, I paint regularly under the art name Burleigh Kronquist and have shown work in one-person and group shows in Chicago, New York, and elsewhere around the country.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on March 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
Amelia Earhart Free in the Skies is a comic book style biography. We learn lots of neat thing about Amelia in this book. We learn that she made roller caosters in her own back yard with her sister. We learn about the ways she learn to fly and about her famous flights. Through out the book there are also facts mentioned about the Wright Brother and Charles Linburg.
I like that the book was written in a comic book style. Sometimes kids feel like biography are boing. This format spices things up a bit making them enjoy the reading. The illustation are also interesting to look at as they read.
I would recommed this book to reader ages 8-11. The books tells just enough about the Amelia Earheart without overwhelming the reader with details. It would make a great book to read during a unit on flight.
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By M. Heiss on July 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a good, complete biography -- but still, check with the teacher, because it is in comic-book format.

Amelia Earhart did not want to be a great LADY pilot; she wanted to be a great PILOT. This book shows that clearly.
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