Fly, Bessie, fly

by Joseph, Lynn.

Format: Print Book 1998
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Far away, far away, Up past the clouds. High away, fly away, And never come down. More than anything, Bessie Coleman wants to fly. As a small child working in a Waxahachie, Texas, cotton field, she likes to imagine she's a bird, getting ready to spread her wings and fly away. Then, when Bessie learns about the black fighter pilots of World War I, she gets the idea that maybe she really can fly. But no one in the United States will teach her how to fly a plane because she's black and a woman. So Bessie goes to France, where she becomes the first black woman in the world to earn a pilot's license -- and where she finally has the chance to soar with the birds. In lyrical prose, Lynn Joseph tells the inspirational true story of aviator Bessie Coleman. Yvonne Buchanan's buoyant watercolor paintings remind us that sometimes even seemingly unattainable dreams are within our reach.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Joseph (A Wave in Her Pocket) offers a meaty picture book biography of Bessie Coleman (1896-1926), the first black woman aviator. Much more substantive than Reeve Lindbergh's and Pamela Paparone's Nobody Owns the Sky, also about Coleman, this book opens during her childhood, setting forth the young Bessie's individualism and innate rejection of the racist policies and attitudes of the day. Although Joseph explains that Coleman didn't think about aviation until her brothers returned from WWI and told her about heroic female pilots, the author somewhat heavily foreshadows Coleman's avocation. For example, the child Bessie picks cotton in a Texas field and, daydreaming, "spreads [her arms] wide like the wings of a brown bird ready to fly"; the bird and flight imagery recur at each pivotal scene. Nevertheless, Joseph vivifies her text with the spirit of an extraordinarily dynamic and determined woman. When no one in the U.S. will teach Bessie to fly, she determines to go to France. She writes a list for herself: "1. Work hard. 2. Save money. 3. Learn to speak French." Joseph wisely ends her tale on a high note, as the triumphant aviator soars above the crowd at an air show in 1922. An afterword reveals that Coleman died four years later, in a plane crash caused by a mechanical failure. Buchanan's (Follow the Drinking Gourd) slightly stylized watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations are strong on the characters' expressions, if a little short on motion, but her attention to realistic period details is often undercut by her fanciful palette. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Coleman, Bessie, -- 1892-1926 -- Juvenile literature.
Coleman, Bessie, -- 1892-1926.
African American women air pilots -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Air pilots.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Buchanan, Yvonne.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 0689813392
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