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Violet the Pilot Paperback – September 13, 2016
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Violet is a science-loving girl inventor with a flair for the air! Fans of Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer will love this classic underdog story by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen.
By the time she's two years old, Violet Van Winkle can engineer nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she's building elaborate flying machines from scratch—mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she's capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen—something involving her best-ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself!
"An engaging story of a spunky girl who follows her dreams . . . Violet is a terrific role model."--School Library Journal
"Breen makes good use of both comedy and perspective in action-packed pictures...This will make a great read-aloud; take it on a trip, and youngsters will happily follow along."--Booklist
"Violet is charming and fearless."--Children's Literature
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- Publisher : Puffin Books; Reprint edition (September 13, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425288196
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425288191
- Reading age : 3 - 5 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : AD740L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 11.06 x 0.18 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book hits on all sorts of important topics including bullying, engineering, community service, and feasibility. The illustrations are super cute. Kids like pictures of people with bugs in their teeth. It’s still unclear to me if the bully twins are also in the boating accident. I’d recommend discussing this with your book club. I find the end of the story takes kind of a strange, unexpected twist that leaves me wondering if it should end differently? Maybe it’s just me.
Families can talk about: What is bullying and what should you say and do? Can kids really build real airplanes that fly out of household objects? Even if you think it will fly, is it a good idea to jump off of anything high? What could happen? What is the FAA? And with young listeners, is Violet a piLot or a piRate?
I still give this book four stars, one, because it features an intelligent, kind-hearted girl who excels in a field that is not stereotypically "girly", and two, because the book opens the door to conversations about these problematic issues. I've asked my daughter why she thinks the other kids make fun of Violet, and I take the opportunity to voice my opinion that dumb people tend to make fun of things they don't understand or couldn't accomplish themselves; we've talked about Violet's decision to sacrifice something important to her to save a group of kids who didn't do anything to deserve her help, and the importance of their approval later when, btw, no apologies are offered to Violet.
For me, the book provides an opportunity to talk about the importance of being who you are, of daring to excel despite pushback (a big challenge for girls and women even in 2017), and of giving others' opinion of you, whether it be good or bad, the value it deserves.