Ryan, P. M., & Selznick, B. (ill.) (1999). Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride. New York: Scholastic Press. ISBN: 9780590960755
Annotation: During dinner at the White House, Amelia Earhart takes Eleanor Roosevelt on an impromptu nighttime flight over Washington, D.C. despite protests that it wasn’t appropriate.
Reaction: I enjoyed this book. As I’ve said before, I think it is essential for girls to read stories about strong women who were willing to buck tradition and do something great. Kids need positive role models, and I think Ryan does an excellent job of introducing these two amazing women who changed the world around them.
Gosh, I love Brian Selznick. His illustrations have so much detail and are so lifelike. The two page picture of the White House took my breath away when I first saw it, and it really shows off his skills with just a regular pencil and one or two colored pencils. I love that his predominately works in shades of grey, but the pink-ish highlights really set off the picture. His art really captures the tone of the story, especially when Amelia talks about flying at night. His illustration on those pages fill the reader with wonder and peace and nostalgia. Personally, that image reminded me of every star filled night I’ve spent away from the city lights in the desert or forest.
This book is on the 2011 Students’ List for “Books receiving votes for Top Ten Favorites from students in Summer 2011.”
Media Used: Graphite pencil and colored pencil.