Monday, February 15, 2016

Winter Reading 2016 Fearless Flyer


Fans of aviation history, rejoice! Here is another wonderful picture book about Ruth Law and her daring flight from Chicago to New York in November 1916. Those who are familiar with the Reading Rainbow book, Ruth Law Thrills a Nation, already know the basic facts of Ruth's journey. She began by flying aerial tricks and entertaining crowds, but she also studied her plane and knew how it worked and the meaning of every sound it made. When she decided to try her record-making flight, she wanted to buy the latest Curtiss airplane, but Mr. Curtiss thought it was too powerful a machine for a woman. Undaunted, Ruth simply made modifications to her own trusty biplane.

The author narrates the events with plenty of details, but keeps the reader entertained along the way with her descriptions. What really brings the story to life are the amazing illustrations by Raul Colon. From the swooping loops of her air show tricks to the crowd and marching band waiting for her in New York, everything comes to life through Colon's pencil and crayon creations. The back matter includes archival photos, a bibliography, source notes, and suggested collections and websites related to Ruth Law. This is perfect for a lesson on aviation, women's history, technology, and setting records.

I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes.

*  Update - 08/01/2016 We have added this title to the Fairview Library.

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