From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8–This thoughtful collection captures the true spirit and strength of 20th-century women who, despite the odds against them, pursued their intellectual curiosity and became known as Women of the Wind. Breaking down the historical gender barriers, these pioneers triumphed over diversity and tragedy while fighting the commonly held notion that women could not, or should not, be allowed to fly. The aviators featured are Harriet Quimby, Katherine Stinson, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols, Louise Thaden, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Jackie Cochran. Archival photographs and reproductions appear throughout, as well as time lines that allow readers to keep track of each pilots mission, milestones, and sometimes tragic demise. An extensive bibliography, including Web sites, makes for a comprehensive treatment of a topic that motivates as well as intrigues modern readers.–Hope Marie Cook, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
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Gr. 6-9. This collective biography celebrates the accomplishments of nine American women who pioneered in the field of aviation: Harriet Quimby, Katherine Stinson, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols, Louise Thaden, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Jacqueline Cochran. Each chapter spotlights one woman in a biographical account that begins with her childhood and includes many details of her personal life but focuses on her career in flight. A time line appears at the end of each chapter. Well reproduced and often in color, the illustrations include a great many photos, as well as maps and period advertisements. Sources for the many quotes are appended along with a complete list of sources and an annotated list of relevant Web sites. Langley includes a few women who have not been subjects of individual biographies for children and offers information, anecdotes, and inspiring stories of all. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved