Up in the Air: The Story of Bessie Coleman (Trailblazer Biographies)

Hart, Philip S.

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Synopsis: Presents the story of Bessie Coleman, an American, who in 1920 traveled to France to become the first black woman to earn a pilot's license.

From Booklist: Gr. 4^-6. The first African American woman to become an airplane pilot, Coleman overcame many obstacles in pursuit of her goal. She grew up in poverty but was determined not to spend the rest of her life picking cotton in Waxahachie, Texas. When American flying schools refused to train an African American woman, she enrolled in an aviation school in France, where she became a pilot in 1921. Hart wears the juvenile biographer's usual rose-colored glasses while creating his portrait of Coleman. To his credit, he occasionally hints that she may have been less than perfect but then immediately tries to give each imperfection a positive spin, apparently not realizing that Coleman's flaws only make her more human and more interesting. Still, the book provides a very readable account of Coleman's life from childhood until her death in a 1926 plane crash. Black-and-white photos provide many images of Bessie Coleman and the world she knew and also show such documents as her passport and her pilot's license. Lillian Fisher's biography Brave Bessie: Flying Free (1995) covers the same subject, but many libraries will welcome another book on such a dynamic historical figure. Carolyn Phelan

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