- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD740L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books (March 13, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803731256
- ISBN-13: 978-0803731257
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Violet the Pilot Hardcover – March 13, 2008
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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.
My daughter, who is the target audience for this book,absolutely loves it, and I think it's pretty great if I just ignore the unnecessary implications about the value of girls in general.
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?
Update: about a week under the weight, corner is still bent up an inch. Pack your books better, Amazon!
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.