- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 4
- Series: Photographies
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0792237374
- ISBN-13: 978-0792237372
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,425,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart (Photographies) Hardcover – January 1, 1997
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Gr. 4^-8. Instead of the usual obsession with Earhart's disappearance, this gloriously upbeat biography celebrates her drive and skill and daring as a record-breaking pilot at a time when women were expected to stay home. The spaciously designed large-size book, with big type, 60 duotone photos, and long, informative captions, is great for group sharing and personal browsing. Best of all are the italicized quotes throughout from Earhart's own writings, which express her determination and her spirit of adventure. Szabo's adulatory style occasionally becomes a bit too much in the inspirational, self-esteem, role-model mode, but it is buttressed by the facts of Earhart's aviation work: the dogged, careful preparations and the confrontation with failure, as well as the glamour and excitement. She broke records when she flew solo both across the Atlantic and across the Pacific. Finally, she wanted to become the first woman to fly solo around the world and to take the longest route, never tried before. The final section includes big, clear maps that show her final journey across the continents, with photos and commentary that she sent back home at each stop along the way. A long afterword discusses the theories about why she vanished. The bibliography includes her own writings. Hazel Rochman
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Sky Pioneer ($16.00; Feb. 1997; 64 pp.; 0-7922-3737-4): There is no shortage of biographies of the groundbreaking American aviatrix, and Nancy Shore's detailed volume for the American Women of Achievement series contains many of the photos reproduced here and then some, but the large format of the duotone pictures and the concise text make Szabo's work ideal for readers who don't need an exhaustive treatment. Other attractive features are numerous quotes from Earhart's writings, maps of the route she followed on her last flight, a foreword by Linda Finch, a present-day female pilot of distinction, and a handsome layout. (chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9+) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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with the Amelia tale (and all the theories about her disappearance) after we saw the
HBO docu-trailer for the new film. This book answered a number of questions for her,
in that picture's-worth-a-thousand-words way.
At an early age, Amelia Earhart showed herself to be adventurous and daring, but her interest in flying did not develop until she worked as a nurse in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. An illuminating collection of archival photos along with a detailed narrative biography and italicized quotes throughout from Earhart's own writings make up this inspiring visual account of Amelia Earhart's life and times. The final section includes nearly full page, clear maps showing her final journey across the continents, and an afterword discusses the theories about how and why she vanished. In the back there are also a chronology of Amelia’s life, a bibliography for further reading, and an index for easy reference.
The most accepted theory for Amelia’s disappearance has been that the flight had ended in the Phoenix Islands, now part of the Republic of Kiribati, some 350 miles southeast of Howland Island, possibly on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro. After this book was written, it was reported on Oct. 28, 2014, that new research strongly suggests that a piece of aluminum aircraft debris recovered in 1991 by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) from Nikumaroro does belong to Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed Electra. The evidence remains circumstantial, but Earhart's surviving stepson, George Putnam Jr., has expressed support for TIGHAR's research.
Synopsis: Soaring high above the earth, Amelia Earhart defied the odds and overcame the social oppression placed on girls and women during the early 1900's. This beautifully written biography will captivate the mind of readers leaving the sense of wonder and mystery as to what happened to this striking, strong, daring, courageous aviator.
Evaluation: Soaring above the rest, this photo biography of Amelia Earhart's life is gloriously upbeat and celebrates Amelia's drive, passion and skill. With large print and 60 exquisite black and white photos, Szabo provides readers with a window into the extraordinary life of this brilliant woman. Written for children ages 9-12, people of all ages cannot help being captivated by Szabo's format and design. Educators presenting strong women during Women's history month or teaching about biographies will likely include this stunning photo biography. The quotes from Amelia spotted throughout the text give this biography a humanistic quality that is so lacking in most biographies written. Presenting this strong, courageous woman in such a high-quality biography is fitting given the achievements of this audacious American heroine. The final quote, "Please know I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, failure must be but a challenge to others." is a fitting end to Amelia's legacy. Following this quote readers, will find an "Afterword" that includes the theories of why she disappeared without a trace.
The text itself may be a bit too advanced for some readers, but is very informative and creates an environment that encourages further exploration from the reader. A very early reader could still enjoy this book simply by observing the photographs.
I found the information in the book to be accurate and congruous with other information that I had encountered about Earhart. Linda Finch's forward is not to be dismissed. It is a true source of encouragement to dreamers everywhere. My favorite characteristics of Szabo's book are the candid photographs and quotes of Earhart. This is a must read for anyone interested or researching Amelia Earhart. It is appropriate for children and adults alike. I suggest reading the book twice: once with just the primary text and the second with the photographs and captions.