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Violet the Pilot Hardcover – March 13, 2008


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Product Details

  • 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: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,447 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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13 of 13 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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27 of 32 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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6 of 6 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
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on April 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about a girl who makes all sorts of improbable flying machines. She gets teased by classmates (this is barely mentioned, so it seems unimportant, but the detail given (going out of their way to make mean comments) makes it seem like it's intended to be a major plot point. Violet's reaction, which would help me figure out how important this teasing is, isn't really noted at all. When she says "We have to work" is she putting on a brave face, or is she really unconcerned? Hard to tell.

There's a flying show, and she decides to enter and win the prize with one of her own inventions. Why? It's not clear. It doesn't seem like she cares what her classmates say, and though she makes some comment about having her parents be proud of her the text makes it clear that they're *already* proud of her and let her fly all the time with no more comment than that she should dress warmly!

On her way to the flying show she stops to save a scout troop and then, because she's half an hour late, heads home and sulks for a while. (In fairness, I'd sulk too!) But, surprise surprise, she's heralded as a hero that night. And here's the really confusing bit - it says her parents from then on "let her fly whenever she wanted" - but the text already made it clear that they let her fly whenever she wanted! Way back in the beginning of the book! This is the point at which I give up, but the book is over.

There doesn't seem to be a clear message. Is it "do your own thing and don't worry about the bullies"? No, because the bullies aren't shown liking her or even apologising after the fact, nor is she shown caring what they say/do. Is it "do the right thing, even if it is painful"? Maybe, but it's not clear why the air show was THAT important to her.
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