Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride: Based on a True Story
By Megan McDonald,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Amelia Earhart & Eleanor Roosevelt's 1933 flight.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that historical figures become real people through this book's lively storytelling and vivid descriptions. The illustrations include stunning aerial perspectives.
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What's the Story?
Two independent and spirited women, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, take to the skies together aboard a Curtiss Condor twin-motor airplane in this real-life adventure, which combines the enchantment of a new friendship with the thrill of an airplane ride. Panoramic views displayed on full-page spreads add to the excitement.
Is It Any Good?
Clear language and a direct narrative recount Earhart and Roosevelt's April 1933 flight. This imaginative account of their nighttime ride is based on a little-known slice of history detailed in an author's note. Most of the easygoing dialogue is taken from newspaper accounts, book transcripts, and diaries to ensure historical accuracy. Boys and girls alike will become involved in the adventure as they learn a bit of history along the way.
The pictures alone are worth the ride: Oversize full-page pencil drawings cast the two women as likeable, friendly heroines, and the spreads offer up-close vistas of night skies and cityscapes flanked by twinkling stars.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the character of the two women and how their daring act might have been viewed by others in that time period. What makes these two women stand out from the crowd? Do you think other women back then admired what Earhart and Roosevelt did?
- Author: Pam Munoz Ryan
- Illustrator: Brian Selznick
- Genre: Adventure
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
- Publication date: January 1, 1999
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
- Number of pages: 40
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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