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Book Review: Amelia Earhart, Young Air Pioneer

The author relates these stories in a straightforward yet entertaining prose. She doesn't let her writing style get in the way of the narrative, yet she really makes the reader feel that he or she is right there with Amelia and her beloved sister, Pidge (Muriel).

Here, Amelia and Muriel show off their new bloomers, which girls just didn't wear, "because it wasn't ladylike." The two of them, were always dirtying their dresses. So, they got to wear their bloomers after all.

The illustrations, by Cathy Morrison, are top-notch as well.

Amelia has other adventures in the next few years, among them a near-collision between the sled she is riding and a horse-drawn wagon and a visit to the state fair that changes her life forever. It is at that state fair that she sees an airplane for the first time. Her imagination is off and running, and so is her determination to not only fly but also to pave the way for women to do things normally reserved for men: "Someone has to pioneer the way for girls. It might as well be Pidge and me."

I heartily recommend this book. It gives a great, fun glimpse of the young Amelia Earhart and shows how and why she became who and what she did. 

First page > Beginning > Page 1, 2

Graphics courtesy of Patria Press

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