Amelia Earhart The legend of the lost aviator

Shelley Tanaka

Book - 2008

Ever since Amelia Earhart and her plane disappeared on July 2, 1937, people have wanted to know more about this remarkable woman. Amelia Earhart follows the charismatic aviator from her first sight of an airplane at the age of ten to the last radio transmission she made before she vanished. Illustrated with original artworks, contemporary photographs, quotes, and details, this is a great introduction to the famous pilot.

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New York, NY : Abrams Books for Young Readers 2008.
Item Description
"A Madison Press book."
Physical Description
48 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Shelley Tanaka (-)
Other Authors
David Craig (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Amelia Earhart has been the subject of many youth biographies, but this one, a picture book for older children, is especially informative and attractive. Earhart's story begins when Amelia is 11 and a plane is pointed out to her at an Iowa fair. She is unimpressed then, but as a college student who volunteered as a nurse's aide during the First World War, she saw planes aplenty and caught the flying bug. By the 1920s, Earhart was airborne and found fame in the air as the first woman passenger on a transatlantic flight, then setting her own flying records. Tanaka writes with the sweep and excitement of an airplane climbing into the sky, while the format and visuals wonderfully enhance the text. In addition to a treasure trove of archival photographs, which capture Earhart's appeal from her youth, there are a variety of handsomely rendered paintings, starting with the cover illustration that shows Earhart in her plane as crowds of male onlookers cheer. Several sidebars enlighten readers on everything from technical problems to fan mail for girls. Though Tanaka doesn't turn this into a feminist tract, preferring to let Earhart's accomplishments speak for themselves, she does point out that women's options were limited, even as several women flyers appear in the book. Well sourced and well written, this is a fitting tribute to a high flyer.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2008 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Although this biography of the famous aviator who has fascinated Americans for decades has no new information to offer, it is nicely formatted and has attractive illustrations. The work is shaped like a picture book but has a lot of text, some with hundreds of words per page. Tanaka focuses on Earhart's flying and spends only a little time on other aspects of her life. The writing is interesting and flows well. A list of sources for all the quotes used appears in the back matter, and the bibliography and index are substantial. The book is illustrated primarily with the same set of historical photographs found in other Earhart biographies. However, seven full-page paintings by Craig add vitality to this offering. These realistic pictures are carefully researched and visually dramatic. They match the feeling of the historical photos and the tone of the narrative. This is a good choice for those needing a profile of the famous flier. DK's Amelia Earhart: A Photographic Story of a Life (2007) is also well written, delves deeper into the woman's personal life, and is a good choice for those wanting a longer biography.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Tanaka desensationalizes a spectacularly fascinating life with clear, understated prose. She sketches Earhart's idyllic-to-difficult childhood, her work as a nurse's aide in Toronto and as a social worker in Boston and her flights across the Atlantic first as a passenger and then as solo pilot. Earhart was a media star through writing and speaking--the fact that she was also gorgeous is not mentioned in the text but is quite evident in the archival photographs. The narrative makes vividly clear how fragile the airplanes of the 1930s were, how difficult the navigation, how unreliable the instruments. It summarizes the theories--none of them definitive--as to how Earhart's last journey ended. Craig's paintings, along with historical photographs, sidebars and captions, enliven and enrich the page layout. Earhart's comment that "I want to do it because I want to do it" will resonate strongly with both girls and boys who claim adventure as their own. (references, source notes, index) (Biography. 8-12) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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