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Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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In vivid detail, the author describes the "shimmering clouds", "mountains like wrinkles in the earth" and cities which appeared like "toy blocks" while she flew high in the sky. Her flight was not an easy one as she found herself caught in a raging storm, and the engine of her plane grew "sluggish". Some may ask, why would a woman in the early 1930's do what Ameila Earhart did? "Because, women must try to do things as men have tried".
The story is well-written and educational, and one that should stay with the reader. The illustrator, Wendell Minor has won numerous awards for dozens of picture books. The vivid blue sky, red Vega plane and billowy clouds will stay with me. This book should be a part of school and public library collections everywhere.
On his website, Burleigh comments that no matter what his topic (he has written over 30 books), he likes the book "to convey the feeling of immediacy, of being there--whether there is flying an airplane, hitting a baseball, or painting a picture." In his newest book, just released in February, he has indeed succeeded admirably in making us feel that we're right there with Amelia on her dangerous 1936 solo flight across the expanse of the Atlantic ocean.
This handsome picture book opens with Amelia about to take off on May 20, from Newfoundland. The text is evocative and poetic, almost in free verse. "The plane swoops like a swallow/over dark puddles and patches of tundra...Amelia Earhart lives for this moment: to follow the wide horizon that never ends!" We see Amelia's red Vega plane already far in the distance, as small figures on the ground wave goodbye.
The writing is full of suspense as danger strikes--a raging storm. "The friendly night becomes a graph of fear: a jagged line between where-I-am and not-quite sure." Will Amelia be able to pilot her plane across the vast ocean to safety?
This time Amelia will land safely in the Irish countryside, startling some cows in the pasture, as a farmer comes running to greet her.Read more ›
Earlier this year, my third grade students had several lessons on historical fact vs. historical fiction. One of the topics we covered was Amelia Earhart. They became very interested in learning about this remarkable woman. As a result, I'm constantly on the look out for good books on Amelia Earhart to share with them.
Burleigh's book is a beautifully illustrated biographical picture book detailing Earhart's historic flight. Even though most readers will already know that Earhart's flight was successful, the text is written in a suspenseful manner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Students will enjoy Wendell Minor's classically beautiful paintings and educators will appreciate the afterword, technical note, bibliography and listing of quotes by Earhart that Burleigh includes at the end of the book. This is an excellent book to supplement lessons on historical fact vs. historical fiction or for celebrating famous women in history.
Night Flight is a must add for any school or classroom library collection.
Recommended for 3rd Grade and up.
Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!
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I checked out this book at the library for my 8-year old daughter and now I'm buying a copy for our permanent collection. Read morePublished on June 30, 2014 by Sweetlime
Not only does this story do a wonderfully lyrical job of telling the tale of Amelia Earhart's greatest triumph, the attention to detail is such that the book points out the... Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by An Amazon Customer
great book, beautiful words for a child to understand and imagine. My son is passionate about aviation and loves Amelia. This book was right up his alley.Published on June 17, 2013 by Aimee L. Baker