THE DARING MISS QUIMBY by Suzanne George Whitaker

THE DARING MISS QUIMBY

Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A fearless female becomes an inspiring American aviation icon in this biography of Harriet Quimby’s brief, daring life. After seeing her first air show in 1910, magazine writer Quimby completed 33 flying lessons in three months to become the first American woman to earn a pilot’s license. As a pilot on the air-show circuit, she soon dazzled fans in her purple satin flight suit. In April 1912 she flew through dense fog to become the first female to fly solo across the English Channel. Three months later she fell to her untimely death during an air show over Boston Harbor, terminating her short-lived career. Whitaker’s lively text highlights Quimby’s pioneer spirit that set the stage for later female aviators like Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Anne Lindbergh and Sally Ride. Stock’s equally lively, energetic watercolor illustrations capture Quimby’s spirited enthusiasm as she fearlessly tackles roadsters, racecars and flying machines, and convey the glamour, excitement and danger of early aviation. An accessible introduction to Quimby and her enduring role in aviation history. (timeline of women in aviation; author’s note; suggested websites; selected bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8234-1996-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2009




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