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Who Was Amelia Earhart? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-11-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 142 user ratings
ISBN:0613616677
LANGUAGE:English

"Reason for Reading: Read aloud to ds as part of our history curriculum.

This is a basic biography of Amelia Earhart focusing on her accomplishments though it does tell her life story from her childhood onwards. The brief opening chapter explains how Amelia's name is nowadays associated with her disappearance and death, but that this book is not about her end but about her life. It gives a good look at Earhart's progress to becoming a pilot and her motivation to setting records, as well as exploring her impact on women of the time. An interesting aspect that I enjoyed was that within each chapter there is a time-out page which will give a brief explanation of a topic that has come up in the text, such as World's Fairs, the Wright brothers, Lindbergh, the depression, etc. One must just stop reading the story and take time-out to read them but they do add another dimension to the book that I enjoyed, especially seeing as the story was not particularly gripping. It does its job well, is a pleasant enough read but there is no connection for the reader with Amelia and no attempt made to make one. The illustrations, which are profuse with one on every single page, are not highly attractive, faces are usually at such a distance that a few lines will suffice for facial details and they are filled with cross-hatching and lines to fill in spaces.

My son listened contentedly to the story, asked questions and was interested. But after seeing the first few illustrations had no desire to sit beside me and look at the pictures. There may be better books on the topic but if this is the one you read it will be enjoyable.
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" This was a good beginners' biography of Amelia Earhart. It didn't address many of the recent theories about what ultimately happened to Amelia and her navigator, Fred Noonan, but it had a lot of information that kids will find interesting. I'm donating it to my classroom. " said.

" I really loved this. Amelia Earhart was an inspiring and interesting person and I enjoyed reading more about her. " said.

" 106 pages. Well-written information on an aviator icon. Author explains her life in enough detail that an elementary student could do a great report. Illustrations and other added information like a timeline at the end is very helpful. Highly recommended for grades 4-6. " said.

" This story is a biography written for children about the life of Amelia Earhart. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it because it is informative and paints an exciting picture of her contributions to flight. " said.

" Genre: BiographyGrade level: Intermediate/Upper Elementary This short chapter book about Amelia Earhart shares about her life in a fun way! Thought the book, there are illustrations that help tell the story. One thing I really enjoyed was how throughout her life, many historical events happened, so there would be a page or two about that specific event. This is a book that students could definitely read on their own! " said.

"Amelia Earhart is incredible.

Everyone knows she was the first female to fly the Atlantic solo (she was also the first female to cross the Atlantic in a plane as a passenger) and how her story ended, but I didn't know about all the other ways she was amazing.

First off, she was just a wicked cool person. She always knew her own mind and didn't let society dictate what she "should" do or be. Even though her family had a lot of money, when she went away to school she'd tell her mom not to send any money for clothes because she didn't want them and she usually bought her stuff secondhand. I love how down-to-earth she is.

When she was a little girl they went a World Fair and she saw a roller coaster. She decided that she was going to build one. It nearly caused her to run into a horse but she ended up going through it's legs instead!

She didn't want to get married because she didn't want to give up her career. She didn't see why women had to choose. Even when a guy she liked followed her across the country because he still wanted to marry her, she said no because she wanted to be free to live her life the way she wanted.

She loved learning to fly. It's lucky her parents had the money to support her lessons at first, later on, when there were money troubles, Amelia worked hard and did things she didn't really want to, (writing and speaking) to help earn money to keep flying.

She met George Putnam when he asked her to be a female passenger crossing the Atlantic. Even though she didn't fly the plane, since she was the first woman, she still got a lot of attention and that helped jumpstart her own flying career and eventually she became the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo.

She inspired a lot of women and young girls. She helped start a flying club for women and helped an airline company convince more people to fly. She did stunts and always pushed herself.

I wish we'd gotten more time with Amelia. She's phenomenal and in her short life inspired many people.
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" Amelia showed the world that you can follow your passions and dreams. " said.

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