Beverly started to practice flying at a very young age by jumping off of the washing machine with arms spread wide. From that time on, she worked toward her dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot, and she succeeded. The backstory at the end of the book helps readers to understand what a pioneer Beverly Bass was.---from the publisher
40 pages 978-0525645498 Ages 4-8
Keywords: autobiography, women, flying, pilots, overcoming obstacles, perseverance, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old *********
The groundbreaking female pilot featured in the hit Broadway musical Come from Away tells her story in this high-flying and inspiring picture-book autobiography!
When Beverley Bass was a young girl in the late 1950s, she told her parents she wanted to fly planes--and they told her that girls couldn't be pilots. Still, they encouraged her, and brought her to a nearby airport to watch the planes take off and land.
After decades of refusing to take no for an answer, in 1986 Beverley became the first female pilot promoted to captain by American Airlines and led the first all-female crewed flight shortly thereafter. Her revolutionary career became even more newsworthy when she was forced to land in the remote town of Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to US airspace closures. After several days there, she flew her crew and passengers safely home.
Beverley's incredible life is now immortalized in the hit Broadway musical Come from Away. Here, discover how she went from an ambitious young girl gazing up at the sky to a groundbreaking pilot smiling down from the cockpit.---from the publisher