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Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee Hardcover – September 8, 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1–4—This biographical picture book, based on the life of a Chinese-American pilot, has a first-person narrative. Gee describes her love of airplanes as a small child and of sharing with her siblings her dreams of someday flying over places such as the Eiffel Tower and the pyramids. Several years later, when World War II started, she learned about the Women Airforce Service Pilots and knew that she wanted to join them. After attending flight school, she was one of the few chosen to train as a WASP. The work was "hard and tiring and wonderful, all at once" and Gee soon earned her wings. She flew several missions, some of which were fun (training exercises were "like playing tag in the air") and some of which were frightening. Rendered in acrylics and colored pencil, the colorful double-page illustrations are filled with detail and vibrantly depict the settings and events. An author's note provides more information along with photographs of Gee and her family members. This story should serve as inspiration for children that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library END

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Starred Review, Booklist:
"There are a number of biographies of women pilots, and a few books about Women Airforce Pilots (WASP), including a novel for older readers, Sherri L. Smith's Flygirl (2009). This particularly well-crafted picture book for middle grades comes to the subject through Maggie Gee, a young girl with a dream....Based on interviews with Gee, this has a lovely, personal feel to it."

Review, Publishers Weekly:
"A triumphant story of determination."

Review, San Francisco Chronicle:
"The acrylic and colored-pencil art warmly emphasizes changing skies and layers of story, especially those about the lofty goals and indomitable grit that characterize Gee's life."

Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"An inspirational tale of an inspirational woman.

Review, School Library Journal:
"Rendered in acrylics and colored pencil, the colorful double-page illustrations are filled with detail and vibrantly depict the settings and events… This story should serve as inspiration for children that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to."

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : NC790L
  • Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
  • Grade Level : Kindergarten - 3
  • ISBN-10 : 1582462801
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1582462806
  • Product Dimensions : 10.85 x 0.43 x 9.83 inches
  • Publisher : Tricycle Press (September 8, 2009)
  • Reading level : 5 - 8 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 7 ratings