This illustrated biography of Amelia Earhart is one of a series for children, featuring great leaders, heroes, pioneers, inventors and scientists from the past. Each biography tells an exciting story about a real person, that can be read either alone or by a parent or teacher.
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Andrew Langley is a highly successful and widely experienced author of children's reference.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-4-Langley paints his subject with a broad brush in this easy-to-read biography. Although Earhart's life is covered from her childhood through her disappearance, there are huge gaps left in her story. The narrative jarringly jumps from event to event, leaving readers with no sense of continuity. Also, no sense of Earhart the person is imparted. The text reads like a report written by an adult and the bits of fictionalized dialogue do not add to the overall picture. Instead, the woman emerges as a compilation of statistics and dates when she accomplished her many famous firsts. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations add to the general fuzziness of this book. They show no detail and give little hint as to what Earhart actually looked like. Steer children who are interested in this heroine to Richard Tames's Amelia Earhart (Watts, 1990) or Monica Klulling's Vanished! The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart (Random, 1996).
Jane Claes, T. J. Lee Elementary School, Irving, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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