Unlike other, more comprehensive biographies about Amelia Earhart, this beautifully written and illustrated picture book focuses on her successful transatlantic flight in 1932. The story, told in a lyrical poetic format, expresses the joys and challenges Amelia must have felt during such a risky and, ultimately, groundbreaking venture. Minor’s expressive paintings convey the wonder and emotional impact of this historical feat. An inspiring choice for adventurers and armchair voyagers alike. 40 pages
Recommended for ages 7-10
Recommended by Ann Mansifield, Librarian
It starts with a detailed description of Amelia's takeoff for a record-setting flight. The author writes with eloquent sensory images such as wrinkles in the earth and puffs of soft snow into her delighted eyes. Amelia believed "women must try to do things as men have tried." She experienced freezing temperatures and a nosedive toward the ocean. Amelia was able to correct the nosedive, but she learned how hard it was to fly a long distance alone. When dawn came, Amelia realized she had a gas leak. The sight of the Irish coastline was a welcome view. Amelia decided to land in the first available pasture. She had succeeded in becoming the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a solo flight. A local farmer was surprised to see the plane with a woman pilot and said a simple hello. The book concludes with an afterword that gives a brief biography of her entire life, a technical note, a bibliography, internet resources list, and things Amelia said during her life. The endpapers show a map of the actual flight. The illustrator used unusually detailed pictures from the vantage point of Amelia's face.
Recommended by Christy Pierce, Librarian