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Violet the Pilot Hardcover – March 13, 2008


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  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (March 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803731256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803731257
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Breen’s newest picture book accompanies a young girl and her trusty canine companion, Orville, on a trial-and-error journey into the world of flight. Violet, whose creativity and love of all things mechanical alienate her from the kids at school, is passionate about flying. Hoping to wow the town and win friends with her talents, she builds a plane and enters an air show, only to be waylaid en route to the competition. In the end, however, she achieves her goal—though it’s not her acrobatics and engineering skills that win her recognition but her quick thinking and valor. Breen makes good use of both comedy and perspective in action-packed pictures that show Violet and Orville looping it up in a variety of wacky flying ships. This will make a great read-aloud; take it on a trip, and youngsters will happily follow along. Grades 1-3. --Rebecca Jensen

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An engaging story of a spunky girl who follows her dreams....Violet is a terrific role model. -- School Library Journal

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I heartily recommend this book.
Claudia Scarbrough
I have read this book to my four-year-old countless times, and we still crack up at many of the illustrations.
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This is a lovely story with wonderful illustrations.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on August 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Violet, a mechanical genius, could repair almost any appliance by the time she was two. At age eight she started to build elaborate flying contraptions from spare parts and machinery that she salvaged from the family business, a junkyard next door. Accompanied by her faithful and fearless dog (aptly named Orville), Violet flies the local skies in her innovative flying machines. She reads Popular Science Monthly for new ideas and dreams about winning a prize at the upcoming air show. Perhaps a blue ribbon would end the relentless teasing from the children at school and garner her some newfound respect. En route to the air show, Violet uses her latest flying invention to become a hero in an entirely unexpected way.

This book is superb. With its gifted female protagonist and clever storyline, Violet the Pilot packs a powerful punch with lessons about innovation, human resources, and women in science. Steve Breen's delightful illustrations are marked by a sense of humor, expressive facial features, and skillful attention to detail (witness the posters of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in Violet's bedroom). The blend of entertainment, emotional fluctuations, and substantive content make this book an utterly satisfying read for children and adults alike.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gift Witch on August 5, 2011
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I was disappointed with this book.

I had high hopes buying it for my daughter who shares the heroine's name but have decided not to give it to her because I feel I can do it better. This book is about a smart creative girl with supportive parents, a great character for little girls, however it was not handled well in the storyline. After her character introduction, the author goes on to tell that Violet has NO friends and isn't liked at school partially because she read engineering books. Violet decides to enter a contest with one of her creations and then saves some boy scouts on her way to the contest. The town then loves her. The bullies never apologize. I feel the story line basically says if you are a smart creative girl then it is normal for you to not be accepted until you do something heroic or dangerous. I sadly did not want to be Violet the Pilot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.J. B. on May 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Both my boys(5 and 2) loved this book. This book had everything. It also initiated some great conversations especially regarding empathy. It's is just short enough to be read over and over again in one night!!

I liked how Violet did her own thing. We took time to discuss the parts were the other kids were rude to her how they would deal if they were put in that situation from both sides. We were able to talk about how to perserver when things go wrong (keep inventing).

There is also a huge disappointment for Violet and we were able to discuss what the right thing was to do.

This book opened many venues of discussion, from bullying, to perserverance, be your own person, helping others, be creative, how to handle disappointment, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Desauliniers on November 9, 2013
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My boys love this book! And I love it because of the female lead character who is not a princess or a fairy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ferocity on May 16, 2008
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I have a three year old, and it's a little advanced for her, but it still makes the point that girls can make a difference. Besides beautiful illustrations and narration with just the right balance of levity and scientific talk, Violet is a great hero. She's upbeat and determined and has supportive parents to boot.
For a kid like mine who is just beginning to notice the difference in genders, I'm happy to have found this!
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In addition to being a fun children's story it offers a female leading character without pink on every page. The story offers some typical social interactions most children will face (bullying, stereotyping) without a heavy moralistic overtones. Illustrations are humorous and enjoyable. A must have for every child's library.
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Good message. Nice illustrations. You find yourself rooting for Violet to enter an air show. Things do not go as she planned but they end up "better". S.
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Violet van Winkle has a problem. She's a mechanical genius and aspiring aviatrix, but she has no friends (aside from her faithful pup Orville). The kids at school mock her for her strange books and greasy coveralls, but her parent give her the run of their junk yard where her creativity blooms. She builds all manner of crazy flying contraptions - the Pogo Plane, Bicycopter, and Wing-a-ma-jig to name a few but has trouble keeping bugs out of her teeth.

When she learns of the upcoming airshow, she hatches a plan to earn the respect of her peers and sets to work building her greatest flyer yet - The Hornet. Her plan to win the blue ribbon is thwarted when she sees a Boy Scout troop in distress. Little does she know that her heroic rescue will earn her an even better prize - a visit from the Mayor and the esteem of her whole town.

Violet the Pilot promotes the DIY ethic, selflessness, and heroism and to top it off, has a female protagonist. It's a great story all around.

This review and more like it available on my blog, Bibliopapa.
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