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Violet the Pilot Hardcover – March 13, 2008
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Breen’s newest picture book accompanies a young girl and her trusty canine companion, Orville, on a trial-and-error journey into the world of flight. Violet, whose creativity and love of all things mechanical alienate her from the kids at school, is passionate about flying. Hoping to wow the town and win friends with her talents, she builds a plane and enters an air show, only to be waylaid en route to the competition. In the end, however, she achieves her goal—though it’s not her acrobatics and engineering skills that win her recognition but her quick thinking and valor. Breen makes good use of both comedy and perspective in action-packed pictures that show Violet and Orville looping it up in a variety of wacky flying ships. This will make a great read-aloud; take it on a trip, and youngsters will happily follow along. Grades 1-3. --Rebecca Jensen
"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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Violet gets made fun of by the kids at school for being different. And then she shows them up. Sticking with what you enjoy and ignoring the naysayers is what this story is about. I bought it for my daughter, Violet, mostly because of the title, but I like the story. I think the message is what you make it.
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?