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Book Title: Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of Brave Bessie Coleman|
Date of issue: November 4th 1996
ISBN 13: 9781564025333
The author of the book: Reeve Lindbergh
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 485 KB
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As someone who has taught children for over 12 years, not counting the many more I spent raising my own, biographies - good biographies - are among the best books one can read to young ones or provide them with the opportunity for them to read it themselves, if they are able. Who says you cannot own the sky? Bessie Coleman was a young African-American woman had to go to France to earn her pilot's licence, the first African-American woman to do so. Most people in the US believed that neither women nor African Americans had the intelligence to fly an aeroplane. Bessie proved them wrong! She amazed crowds all over the world with here outstanding stunt flying. She was an inspiration for children and adults of all "races." She died in a crash, when her aircraft malfunctioned during a particularly dangerous stunt. Maybe the aircraft hit the ground, but Bessie did not; her soul went straight to heaven. Her story is told beautifully in a superb children's book, "Nobody Owns the Sky," by Reeve Lindbergh, the gifted daughter of none other than Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. (My former students may remember the book, when I brought it in last year as part of my surreptitious observation of Black History Month.) The story narrates her life beautifully; Ms. Coleman's death is told in a way that is sympathetic to the young audience for whom this book is intended, neither whitewashing what happened nor making her death something scary. Ms. Lindbergh's style of rhymes works for me; Jane Yolen used it well in her biography of Katherine Wright, the sister of the famous Wright brothers. "Nobody Owns the Sky" offers children much to think about, especially when the book is used during Black History Month or Women's History Month. Sadly, racism in aviation did not end with Bessie Coleman. That would not come until the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen, several decades later, whose heroism, like that of Bessie Coleman, provides an enduring legacy.
Read information about the authorChildren's author, novelist, and poet Reeve Lindbergh is the daughter of world-renowned aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife, the talented writer Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
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