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Bessie, Queen of the Sky Hardcover – March 1, 2017
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This book is inspired by the story of Bessie Coleman, the first black woman to hold a pilot's license in the world. When Bessie was growing up, no one could have imagined that a girl from a humble family would get out of the cotton fields and become a pilot! But with the help of her best friend Bloony, Bessie used her courage and determination to make her dream come true! This is the very first fairy tale of the Queen Girls Collection - A collection of stories real women turned into fairy tales. Our mission is to inspire young girls to follow their dreams and envision them as possible! One for One| Book for Book - Every time you purchase a book, another will be donated to local and international organizations that are empowering girls and fighting illiteracy.
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We adore this book and look forward to more from Queen Girls!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own.
In an ideal world, all people ought to have equal opportunities. Unfortunately, our daughters are not growing up in an ideal world, but things are changing. My own daughters do not feel the same restrictions that I felt growing up and I believe this has a lot to do with the brave women who went before us. We can be thankful for girls and women like Bessie who have trail blazed ahead, making it easier for us to follow in their steps.
When I got to the end of the story, my 8-year old daughter, Amanda, was impressed to see the photograph of Bessie and to learn that it was based on a true story. For me, this has been one of my favorite picture books that I did with her in 2016. It was truly inspirational. I highly recommend it for girls ages 4 to 8.
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I received an ARC for my honest review.
Another great feature of these books is that co-founders and authors are so committed to fighting illiteracy and empowering young girls, that for every book purchased, they donate one book to local and international organizations to help kids reach their dreams. During this new school year, I plan on sharing “Bessie, Queen of the Sky” with the elementary school students, and sharing Ms. Durán and Ms. Doshi’s story with the middle and high school students.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Best For: 4-10 year olds, preschool through 5th grade girls
Worth a Check Out: Yes!
Buy It or Not: Buy, especially if you have a girl. So very inspiring.
Read Aloud: Yes.
Lesson Ideas: Goals, following your dreams, hard work, perseverance.