You Can't Do That, Amelia!

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday
hosted today by Jean Little Library
(pub. 9.1.2008)  
32 pages

A True Tale with A Cherry On Top

A uthor: Kimberly Wagner Klier

     Illustrator:  Kathleen Kemly
C haracter:  the young Amelia Earhart 
O verview from book flap: 
      "Young Amelia is a dreamer.  She dreams of building her own roller coaster, learning to fly her own airplane, and even exploring the skies as one of the world's first female pilots. But girls in the early twentieth century do not do such things. When Amelia tells her friends and family of her adventurous plans, they only shake their heads and say, 'You can't do that, Amelia!'
       Amelia is not discouraged.  With every dream, she takes a chance and dares ...
       Whimsically illsutrated by Kathleen Kemly, You Can't Do That, Amelia! captures the spirit of a young Amelia Earhart... and will leave young readers inspired to follow their dreams and reach for the skies."

T antalizing taste:
      "Amelia was a dreamer.  She dreamed from the first light of the morning sun to the last lights of the night's stars." 

and something more:
Kimberly Wagner Klier, the author of this inspiring picture book biography, You Can't Do That, Amelia, and the Editor of Calkins Creek Books, Carolyn P. Yoder, include a wealth of information and research sources in the back matter.  The About Amelia section includes this "can do" quote by Amelia (from one of her final notes in her book Last Flight, published after her disappearance): "'Women must try to do things as men have tried.  When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others."

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