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."