Soar, Elinor!

by Brown, Tami Lewis.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB j 92 SMITH Elinor
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB j 92 SMITH Elinor
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography qj TL540.S64 B76 2010
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
Call Number  qj TL540.S64 B76 2010
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Biographies qj TL540.S64 B76 2010
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Biographies
Call Number  qj TL540.S64 B76 2010
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B SMITH
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B SMITH
Penn Hills Library Picture Books PICTURE BIO SMI
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Picture Books
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B SMITH 2010
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  J B SMITH 2010

Elinor Smith was six when she first went for a ride in a rickety "flying machine," and she was just sixteen when she earned her aviation license in 1928. But not everyone thought that girls should fly. When male pilots and newspapermen mocked her, Elinor decided to perform an aerial maneuver they thought was impossible: flying under all four bridges that span New York City's East River. Gorgeous sweeping illustrations by Fran├žois Roca show how Elinor pulled off this risky feat skillfully andwith style.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Inspiration soars from every page of this introduction to Elinor Smith, a Long Islander who took her first flight in 1917 at age six, became a licensed pilot at 16, was voted Best Woman Pilot in America over the likes of Amelia Earhart, went on to be a test pilot, and at 89, to fly NASA's space shuttle simulator. Presenting Smith as a capable young enthusiast steadfastly ignoring gender expectations to follow her dream, Brown centers the dramatic main narrative on the aviator's daring 1928 flight beneath four of New York's East River bridges, then tallies some of her many other accomplishments in an afterword. Smith displays star quality in Roca's accomplished full-bleed paintings, too a picture of slender, confident competence as graceful as the brightly colored, sturdy-looking biplanes she flies. Based on interviews with Smith herself (who died earlier this year) and archival material, Brown's debut makes a worthy companion to Julie Cummins' Women Daredevils (2008) and other celebrations of women who refused to do as they were told.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Look out, Amelia Earhart. This underdog story features a lesser-known female pilot who gained eminence in the 1920s. At age 16, Elinor Smith became the youngest pilot in the U.S. But when newspapers belittled her accomplishment, she took a dare to fly under one of New York City's bridges-upping the ante by flying under four of them. Roca's clean, vivid oils set the bold shapes of Elinor's planes against sweeping backgrounds of pea-green airfields and hazy blue skies. Debut author Brown skillfully builds suspense as Elinor studies each bridge, plans her route, and takes flight, leading to a nail- biting conclusion. It's a stirring tale of determination and moxie. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Smith, Elinor -- Juvenile literature.
Smith, Elinor.
Air pilots -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women air pilots -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Air pilots.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus, Giroux,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Roca, Franc╠žois.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780374371159
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