Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be taking part in the “Ordinary People Change the World” Blog Tour Today hosted by Penguin Younger Readers. Today, we are featuring another book in the series by Brad Meltzer & Christopher Eliopoulos: “I am Amelia Earhart” Be sure to scroll down to our giveaway for your chance to win the entire “Ordinary People Change the World” book series.
About the Book
Title: I am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World) | Author: Brad Meltzer | Illustrator: Christopher Eliopoulos | Publication Date: January 14, 2015 | Publisher: Dial Books | Pages: 40 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 8
Book Description: “Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography – for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in an entertaining, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren’t quite ready for the Who Was series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Amelia Earhart refused to accept no for an answer; she dared to do what no one had ever done before, and became the first woman to fly a plane all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. This book follows her from childhood to her first flying lessons and onward to her multi-record-breaking career as a pilot.
I am Amelia Earhart is one of the books in the Ordinary People Change the World series for children by New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos. In this adorable picture book, the reader is introduced to the incomparable Amelia Earhart, best known for being the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. But that wasn’t the only record she set – in fact, she set many more including crossing the Atlantic in the shortest time and breaking the record for highest flying woman at 14,000 feet.
Much of the book tells the story of a young Amelia Earhart who always pushed the boundaries with regards to what was expected of girls and women at the time. She and her family famously built a wooden roller coaster in their back yard, giving rise to Amelia’s love of speed and flying. Her early life as an aviatrix is described including an introduction to her FEMALE flight instructor, Neta Snook. The message underlying the book is to never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. With hard work, you can achieve your dreams.
As with other Ordinary People Change the World books, I am Amelia Earhart is wonderfully illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos. I very much enjoyed the cartoon-style illustrations and the use of speech bubbles to give it the flavor of a graphic novel. That being said, I was disappointed to see Amelia Earhart depicted wearing a skirt when she so famously was among the first women of that era to don trousers. It was all part of her persona of breaking the rules around gender roles and expectations. She really should have been illustrated with a bomber-style jacket and trousers – it was her signature look.
Overall, I found the information presented in I am Amelia Earhart to lack depth compared to I am Martin Luther King, Jr. I think there is so much more to Amelia Earhart that could have been presented. For parent’s information, her “disappearance” is not mentioned at all in the book. That being said, I still recommend this book and the Ordinary People Change the World book series for children ages 4 to 10.
* This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. *
Recipe: Mini Cheesecakes
Coincidentally, my daughter recently had to do a school project on Amelia Earhart. As part of the project, she was tasked with discovering and making one of Amelia Earhart’s favorite foods. One clear winner stood out: Cheesecake!
Mini Cheesecake With Topping
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tbsp white sugar
1 tbsp margarine (or butter), melted
1 package cream choose (8 0z), softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 ½ tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/3 tsp vanilla extract
cherry pie filling or any jam
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place mini cupcake liners in a 24-cup mini muffin pan.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and margarine with a fork until combined. Measure a rounded tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup, pressing firmly (important!). Bake in the pre-heated oven for 5 minutes, then remove to cool. Keep the oven on.
3. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla until fluffy. Mix in the egg.
4. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the muffin cups, filling each until 3/4 full. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes.
5. Cool for 10 minutes in pan before removing. Carefully remove the cakes and place on a large plate. Place the plate in the freezer for 30 minutes until they are slightly chilled. This will ensure that your mini cheesecakes are level and that the cracks will be nearly invisible.
6. On each cake, please 1/2 tsp of the cherry pie filling or your favorite jam and a pinch of lemon zest as a garnish.
Blog Tour Schedule
During the month of February, bloggers will be sharing posts on two different books from the Ordinary People Change the World book series each week. For each figure featured, you will find book reviews PLUS an additional piece celebrating the character (activities, recipes, crafts, projects, etc.). You can follow the tour by using the hashtag BLAH
Feb 1-7: I Am Abraham Lincoln & I Am Lucille Ball
Feb 8-14: I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. & I Am Helen Keller
Feb 15-21: I Am Amelia Earhart & I Am Rosa Parks
Feb 22-29: I Am Jackie Robinson & I Am Albert Einstein
Blog Tour Giveaway
Prize: 5 winners will each receive the full collection of the Ordinary People Change the World Series
Contest closes: February 29, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: US Only
How to enter: Please enter using through the Rafflecopter below