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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (March 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803731256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803731257
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,769 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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Cute, clever story with a good message.
ckayleen
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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My six year old daughter and I love it.
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14 of 14 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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37 of 44 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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ferocity on May 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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4 of 4 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 Annika B. Klein on September 9, 2013
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This is a lovely story with wonderful illustrations. Unfortunately, the author doesn't allow Violet to simply be an awesome girl--he instead describes her as "different than the other girls," who are only interested in tea parties. Just once I would like to read a book that doesn't imply that the heroine is the only awesome girl out there (or that there is anything wrong with tea parties).

My daughter, who is the target audience for this book,absolutely loves it, and I think it's pretty great if I just ignore the unnecessary implications about the value of girls in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mdb in va on October 6, 2014
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My 21 month old daughter loves this book, but I have some issues with it.
Mostly I agree with another reviewer "Ulyff".
I don't like that she has no friends just because she's into engineering and wears coveralls.
And I wish she could have been happy about the daring rescue and slightly disappointed about missing the air show. But sulking so much that "it was a miserable feeling"... really???
Luckily my daughter doesn't get all this, yet... she just likes the "bugs in her teeth" and the dog and the planes.
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By Jaimie on November 23, 2014
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In a nutshell: Violet is a mechanical genius who lives next door to a junkyard and is able to build fully functioning airplanes out of spatulas and row boats. She doesn’t have any friends, except her dog Orville, and the kids at school like to bully her. One day she sees an advertisement for an air show that happens to take place on the date of my birthday. (It’s a bit uncanny how these fortuitous details keep showing up in the books we read. Further cementing my favorite color, my birthday… all sorts of things I need to be sure to drum into these kids' malleable little heads.) Spoiler alert: In the end, Violet doesn’t get to fly in the air show, but she wins an award and recognition from her entire community by saving a troop of drowning Boy Scouts in her latest homemade jet.

This book hits on all sorts of important topics including bullying, engineering, community service, and feasibility. The illustrations are super cute. Kids like pictures of people with bugs in their teeth. It’s still unclear to me if the bully twins are also in the boating accident. I’d recommend discussing this with your book club. I find the end of the story takes kind of a strange, unexpected twist that leaves me wondering if it should end differently? Maybe it’s just me.

Families can talk about: What is bullying and what should you say and do? Can kids really build real airplanes that fly out of household objects? Even if you think it will fly, is it a good idea to jump off of anything high? What could happen? What is the FAA? And with young listeners, is Violet a piLot or a piRate?
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