AMELIA AND ELEANOR GO FOR A RIDE by Pam Muñoz Ryan

AMELIA AND ELEANOR GO FOR A RIDE

Age Range: 5 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Ryan and Selznick skillfully blend fact and fiction for a rip-roaring tale of an utterly credible adventure. On April 20, 1933, Amelia Earhart had dinner at the White House with her friend, Eleanor Roosevelt. Amelia’s description of flying at night so entranced Eleanor that the two of them, still in their evening clothes, flew in a Curtis Condor twin-motor airplane and were back in time for dessert. Eleanor herself had studied for a pilot’s license, but had to be content driving instead. Selznick has created marvelous graphite pictures, with slight washes of color, for scenes based on accounts and descriptions of the evening, right down to the china on the White House table. Using a slightly exaggerated style and a superb sense of line and pattern, he plays with varying perspectives, close-ups, and panoramas to create a vivid visual energy that nicely complements the text. There is sheer delight in the friends’ shared enjoyment of everything from a formal dinner and fine gloves to the skies they navigated. A final historical photograph shows the two on the plane that night. (Picture book. 5-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-590-96075-X
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1999




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