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Violet the Pilot Hardcover – March 13, 2008
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
I had high hopes buying it for my daughter who shares the heroine's name but have decided not to give it to her because I feel I can do it better. This book is about a smart creative girl with supportive parents, a great character for little girls, however it was not handled well in the storyline. After her character introduction, the author goes on to tell that Violet has NO friends and isn't liked at school partially because she read engineering books. Violet decides to enter a contest with one of her creations and then saves some boy scouts on her way to the contest. The town then loves her. The bullies never apologize. I feel the story line basically says if you are a smart creative girl then it is normal for you to not be accepted until you do something heroic or dangerous. I sadly did not want to be Violet the Pilot.
I liked how Violet did her own thing. We took time to discuss the parts were the other kids were rude to her how they would deal if they were put in that situation from both sides. We were able to talk about how to perserver when things go wrong (keep inventing).
There is also a huge disappointment for Violet and we were able to discuss what the right thing was to do.
This book opened many venues of discussion, from bullying, to perserverance, be your own person, helping others, be creative, how to handle disappointment, etc.
This book is superb. With its gifted female protagonist and clever storyline, Violet the Pilot packs a powerful punch with lessons about innovation, human resources, and women in science. Steve Breen's delightful illustrations are marked by a sense of humor, expressive facial features, and skillful attention to detail (witness the posters of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart in Violet's bedroom). The blend of entertainment, emotional fluctuations, and substantive content make this book an utterly satisfying read for children and adults alike.
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?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 4 year old granddaughter just loved it and wanted me to read it to her over and over again. Violet is a strong, female.character who has interests in non-traditional activities. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Betsy S. Brown
My 18-month-old daughter found this book at our local library, and we borrowed it, took it home, and read it. She loves looking at the pictures, which are beautifully done. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joshua Blum
My 3.5 year old daughter likes this book. As a parent, I don't like reading it. The story, in theory, has lots to offer -- a smart girl who is obsessed with mechanics and flying... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mjsmjs
This is one of my 3 year-old son's favorite books, so when my niece started having an interest in airplanes I knew we needed to get her this book! Read morePublished 7 months ago by RiverSong
This book gave a very negative association with a girl being "different" than the social norm. She gets made fun of for the way she dresses and her hobbies.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer