A DREAM OF PILOTS by Philip Handleman

A DREAM OF PILOTS

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Age Range: 9 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This collective biography profiling the achievements of 20 aviation pioneers is ably written and informative but not particularly engaging. Handleman, a pilot and author of numerous aviation-history books, bookends the sequence of short biographies with a young boy named “Philsie,” presumably the author as a child, who dreams of the historical figures profiled. This awkward framing device is both superfluous and downright hokey. Included among the four-page profiles are portraits of such familiar pioneers as the Wright Brothers, Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, as well as the lesser-known likes of World War I ace Billy Bishop, Flying Tigers commander Claire Chennault and test pilot Jackie Cochran. Kodera’s pencil-drawn portraits of the aviators vary in quality. Though each profile is concise and informative, the author makes no attempt to connect these aviators to one another. A notable oversight is the lack of a bibliography and suggestions for further reading. (Collective biography. 9-13)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-58980-570-5
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Pelican
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2009




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