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by Julie Cummins
Illustrated by Malene R. Laugesen
Published 2013 by Roaring Brook Press
Nonfiction Picture Book
Ruth Elder was a determined young woman in her early 20's when she became captivated by stories of Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic. This was before Amelia Earhart's famous flight. Elder became determined to be the first woman to complete the transatlantic flight. Even though women were thought to be meant to stay in the kitchen by most of society back then, Elder did not let it stop her from trying. Although her flight was unsuccessful, many admired her spunk and she became a national heroine, paving the way for many American female aviators.
I love stories of "girl power" and determination to prove others wrong. Although I would have liked to know a bit more about Ruth Elder as a person, I enjoyed reading about her flying experiences. She is a great example of a woman with courage and determination. The illustrations are well done and reflective of the time period. The author includes an author's note and suggestions for further reading.
Use this book....
*as part of a biography unit.
*during an American history unit on the 1920's.
*as a mentor text to discuss character traits.
Find companion texts about other female aviators here.
Here is the real Ruth Elder
Image from rappnews.com
Although there is no audio, here is a video of Ruth Elder in Europe after her flight.