September 2016, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 32 pages, Hardback, Review copy
Summary from Quarto
In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. The book follows Amelia Earhart, whose strong will and self-belief helped her overcome prejudice and technical problems to become the first female flier to fly solo across the Atlantic ocean.
I've heard about Amelia a lot, but didn't know much about her so when this cute book popped up for review I said yes please! This style of illustration appeals to me and is throughout the book. The only image which didn't quite make sense to me was on one of her flights, where she sees lots of houses, and one appears to have a spaceship in the garden. Random!
Aside from that I learnt so much about her, she really helped promote women pilots, creating opportunities for women to be pilots which was a huge deal at the time. Because of her women can be pilots today, which is incredible when you stop and think about it. Amelia also is known for vanishing into thin air while trying to travel around the world. I like to imagine she crashed, got amnesia, and lived happily ever after.
She sounds such an amazing woman, and it's great that this book will introduce younger and older readers to her. I like the contrasting feel of the dark part on the spine, it makes it feel like an important book (how some academic books feel like). Eager for more in this series!