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It’s Her Story: Amelia Earhart

Authored by Kim Moldofsky
Illustrated by Alan Brown
Published by Sunbird Books

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A fascinating insight into the life of air pilot Amelia Earhart.

Amelia’s journey into aviation history is brought to life in graphic novel form. Most well-known for being the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic, it charts her struggles for recognition and the challenges she met along the way.

Through vibrant illustrations, the readers get a real sense of the adventure and peril that she faced. Useful facts are given alongside the narrative and the use of very specific aviation vocabulary would be a good starting point for children to conduct research in this area. They could see if they could find photographic representations of the different planes flown by Amelia and her counterparts and chart her various journeys using maps of the time.

This is an easily accessible text that is an inviting way to learn about this pioneer. It could be used to support a topic on inspirational people or figures significant in history. When used in a PSHE session it would facilitate discussion on rights and attitudes around equality. One thing to note is that it does discuss the mystery around Amelia’s death, for some children this could be upsetting. It would be a useful addition to a class collection and is most suited for year 2 and above.