March 6, 2015

I am Amelia Earhart


  I am Amelia Earhart. When I was little, 
people told me that girls should wear dresses and play with dolls. 
They said we shouldn't have "unladylike" adventures. I didn't agree.

It's Women's History Month, and what better time to learn about a female pilot who broke records when no one thought she could! I'm referring to Amelia Earhart, the first woman to ever fly across the Atlantic Ocean. I am Amelia Earhart tells Amelia's story about how she wasn't like other girls. She wanted to have backyard adventures, but she was told that they her backyard adventures were "unladylike" for little girls. Still, Amelia continued to make roller coasters and more in her backyard - even when she got in trouble for these "unladylike" adventures.

As a child, Amelia went to air shows with her family, and at age 23 she took a plane ride with the legendary Frank Hawks. It was then that she knew she had to fly, and began to pay for flying lessons by working various jobs as a photographer, stenographer and even a truck driver. Eventually, she made her legendary flight over the Atlantic Ocean. She also broke the record for flying at the highest altitude than any man or woman had ever done.

What's really great about I am Amelia Earhart is how the book teaches children that they can do something that has not been done by others. The book encourages children that you don't have to be a natural at something, but if you work hard toward a dream, it can be accomplished. It's a fun read with great illustrations that teaches children to aim high and aspire to do great things.

I am Amelia Earhart
Written by: Brad Meltzer 
Illustrated by: Christopher Eliopoulos