From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5?Herbert Hoover called Amelia Earhart a "pioneering woman." Adler emphasizes this characteristic as he recounts the life of the famous pilot, describing her days as a schoolgirl when she engaged in activities typically enjoyed by boys and wore bloomers that were a departure from the dress expected of ladies. She was well educated as well as compassionate, and her career endeavors were many before concentrating on flying. The author details his subject's renown flights across the Atlantic and her fatal trip around the world. Readers glean a sense of Earhart's courage and determination. Realistic, double-page watercolor illustrations complement the text. A good addition to biography or women's collections for beginning or reluctant readers.?Cheryl Cufari, Glencliff Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY
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From Kirkus Reviews
Adler (A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson, 1994, etc.) draws even young onlookers into the life of Earhart, whose Kansas childhood included firing a .22 rifle at barn rats and fashioning a roller coaster from fence rails and roller skates. Her social work, medical research, and study of engine repair are outlined, along with her growing passion for airplanes and flying, which resulted in several initial crash landings. Historic flights and accomplishments characterize Earhart's adulthood, told in a factual, yet anecdotal style sure to interest early readers. Earhart's disappearance, the source of much speculation, is skillfully handled. A brief author's note cites theories about that disappearance as well as the lack of evidence to support them. Fisher's illustrations, though clumsy in depicting perspective (e.g., a plane in flight on the cover is curiously close to Earhart's head), are pleasing in that they do not idealize the subject. This is a cogent tribute to an aviation pioneer. (Picture book/biography. 5-9) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.