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Who Was Amelia Earhart? [Paperback]

Kate Boehm Jerome , David Cain , Nancy Harrison
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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448428563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448428567
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.5 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amelia Mary Earhart was born in her grandmother's house in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Role model! 2 Dec 2012
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I actually read this to my just-preschool 4-year-old daughter who had just started on chapter books at nursery.

Shortly afterwards, her princess hair was gone and she loudly decided she wanted to be a vet (since Amelia Earhart could do what *she* wanted.) It's very clearly written, with inset panels providing extra context and thus possible to skip for a younger reader. The text itself would be fine for a 6-year-old, I think and reminds me a bit of the old Ladybird biographies.

The book presents Earhart as she was - a woman of her time, making her way, and embracing 20s style Feminism but still feminine, avoiding early marriage, and marrying on her own terms; happily ever after for her was a husband who supported her in *her* adventures.

From a parent's point of view, the nice thing about Earhart was that she designed clothes, set fashions, but could do so because she flew planes and had adventures. For younger female listeners and readers she's a fantastic bridge from Barbie to something less saccharine, more assertive, more covered in engine grease - because Amelia didn't care...

Oh, and, the book doesn't let Earhart's disappearance overshadow the story; what matters is how she lived, not how she died.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thouroughly engrossing 16 Jan 2010
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A thoroughly engrossing book which shed new light on my heroine, Amelia Earhart. The book also provided sources of other female novice pilots which I didn't know about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Mar 2003
By "tkain" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My 7 year old son could not put this book down! He read the entire book in one afternoon, and then was able to complete his biography project for school without any additional research. The book brought Amelia Earhart to life; it was comprehensive and interesting, with so many insights that I had never known before. There were also numerous sketches and maps which would keep a youngster engaged throughout the book. This book gets a resounding "WOW!" from us.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 6 Dec 2010
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I am seven years old and I read this book because I barely knew anything about Amelia Earhart. After I read this book I know a lot about her and I think it is a good book. It was a good book because it was interesting and about a famous person. Hope my review was helpful to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, educational and well written - no illustrations 13 July 2009
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
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I had a series of these books as a kid that were so well illustrated - that's what I was hoping this was - I was disappointed - no illustrations - but otherwise my 11 year old daughter and I enjoyed finding out about some famous people in history - you can easily get through a book in a night with an older child - or spread it out over a week and it makes Ameilia Earhart a human that you can really imagine.
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who was Amelia Earhart? 15 Sep 2009
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My wife and I were excited to get this book for our seven year old daughter because we are fans of the Amelia Earhart and she's a wonderful role model for girls. Here are some passages in this children's book to help you with your decision to purchase this book or not.

Page 3: "...Many people still thought women were not strong enough or smart enough to have jobs outside the house. But Amelia's actions proved that bravery and brains were not only for males only."

Pape 20: "The head of the Ogontz School was a woman named Miss Sutherland. At first, Amelia did not like her. But in time, she changed her mind. Miss Sutherland was strict but very smart. She had her own opinions on all sorts of subjects. And although Miss Sutherland had had many chances to marry, she never did. Miss Sutherland was more interested in her career than a husband. Miss Sutherland was an independent woman who made a big impression on her pupils."

Page 26: "At the time, most men wanted wives who would stay home. That was fine with most women. But not Amelia. She could not understand why a woman had to give up work just because of a wedding ring. Amelia wanted a career - she just couldn't what career she wanted."

Page 28: "Amelia was seeing a young man named Sam Chapman. Sam asked Amelia to marry him. But Amelia knew that Sam would not want her to have a career. She said no. Amelia knew what she didn't want."

Page 37: "Then Amelia's friend and teacher, Neta Snook, got married. Just as Amelia feared, her friend's flying days were over. Neta would now be a wife and mother. So Amelia needed another instructor."

Page 43: "Sam Chapman followed Amelia out East. He proposed marriage again. It was tempting. Amelia was now 28 years old. Most people thought women this age were "old maids." If Amelia married Sam, she wouldn't have to worry so much about money. However, Sam would want her to stay at home and have children. Amelia had to decide. To her, the choice was very clear. Amelia told her sister Muriel of her decision. "I don't want to marry him," Amelia said. "I don't want to marry anyone." Amelia couldn't stand the thought of giving up her freedom."

Page 49: "The job was actually not nearly as good as it sounded. Amelia wouldn't get paid. A man named Wilmer Stultz would fly the plane. He'd get twenty thousand dollars. And although Amelia was called "the captain," she was really just a passenger. Wilmer Stultz, drank too much. If Wilmer got drunk, she knew he couldn't fly the plane. But if they did not take off soon. Amelia would lose the record. It was now or never.

Page 79: "George Putman was divorced now and wanted to marry Amelia. Ameila had said no many times. But maybe marriage to George Putman could be different. George was ten years older than Amelia. He already had two grown children. Goerge wouldn't expect Amelia to stay at home. In fact, he wanted to help her become even more famous. Amelia decided to take the risk....Both bride and groom were in agreement on one important issue. Amelia would definitely keep her career. Although she didn't plan it, she even got to keep her name.

Page 91: "Others didn't like George. He was constantly trying to make money from Amelia's name and fame."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 15 Oct 2009
By Kimberly Palowitch - Published on Amazon.com
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Who Was, is a great concept. I enjoyed reading the book on Amelia Earhart and strongly suggest it to not only the age suggested on the book cover but to everyone. It is a fast read for an adult, but summarizes her life without going into great detail on each accomplishment. Sometimes I find adult books go on and on in great detail just to fill pages. I recommend this (and all Who Was books) to everyone!
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