Happy Birthday, Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, ca. 1935
Source: Wikipedia

Amelia Earhart was born on this day, July 24, in 1897.  Coincidentally, we have been reading books about Ms. Earhart this very week!  Little Sis wants to be a pilot, you see.  (Well, an artist-ballerina-pilot.  And sometimes, an artist-ballerina-pilot-actress-singer-comedian.  A mulit-hyphenate Renaissance woman, I guess.)  This isn't the first look we've had at the famed aviatrix.  Someday, I hope to take the girls a few hours north to Atchison, to her birthplace and museum.  Maybe even to the annual Amelia Earhart Festival!

We read this book in its entirety.  This is a wonderful introduction to Earhart's life and times, with tons of pictures and illustrations.  Both daughters enjoyed it very much.  I love DK books, and these early readers do not disappoint!

Flying Ace: The Story of Amelia Earhart
by Angela Bull.  (Eyewitness Readers,
Level 4)  DK Children, 2000.

We skimmed this book for the amazing pictures.  I'm still deciding if Little Sis isn't a bit too young for it.  Plus, reading about someone who went missing in a plane crash makes me feel a little queasy, as we'll be on a plane or two ourselves late next week!  That's definitely a Me Problem.  I admit, flying always freaks me out a little.  Maybe after our trip?

Amelia Lost: The Life & Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming.
Schwartz & Wade, 2011.

This is the picture Little Sis drew today.  Her plane makes me smile.

And here is a mini-biography from the Biography Channel.


  1. I don't like flying either. Amelia's story always saddened me. Disappearing without a trace like that... such a tragic fate. Reminds me of writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry who disappeared during a plane flight as well :(

    I didn't know there is a museum about her!

    1. I know. They are currently investigating some wreckage in the Pacific that they think may be her plane, but there have been so many false alarms over the years.

      The museum is her maternal grandparents' house, where she was born. I've never been to Atchison, although there are multiple reasons I'd like to go: Amelia Earhart, railroad history, its reputation as the most haunted town in Kansas... There used to be a kids' bookstore, too, but I heard it closed.

  2. That is darling. It is wonderful how these women inspire our little girls. Ah, and ENJOY YOUR TRIP!

  3. Excellent!! On the list they go! A certain girl in this house will be very happy!!

  4. so sad about her! i thought i read recently something about some new transmission they found, or something, and she and the guy were on the island a lot longer than people thought and they probably had a slow and lingering demise....did you read that?

    1. I know that's a possibility that's being explored. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelia_Earhart#Theories_on_Earhart.27s_disappearance

      It pops up in the news from time to time, and I did hear recently that they are wanting to look at some wreckage. It is a sad story.


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