How much I want to read more: 5/10
I never heard about this name before starting this book.
Now I know she was a pioneer as a woman pilot at the beginning of the 20th century.
It's always an inspiration to study someone's special character, and special life, as it can unveil some hidden traits we may have (and didn't use).
The "Who was" series is simplistic and more aimed for children.
Amelia Earhart was a pioneer. This doesn’t mean she traveled west in a covered wagon or lived in a log cabin. It means she had a special spirit. She liked to be the first to do new things.
In 1920 not many people knew how to fly one. It was even more unusual for a woman to fly planes. But Amelia set many flying records to prove that she was the best.
Unfortunately, Amelia did not live to see old age. Just before her fortieth birthday, she tried to set a new record. She wanted to be the first woman to fly all the way around the world. But Amelia and her plane went down somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. She was never seen again.
Chapter 1 - Young Amelia
Amelia Mary Earhart was born in her grandmother’s house in Atchison, Kansas, on July 24, 1897
Amelia’s mother’s parents had a lot of money. But Amelia’s father had trouble keeping a job. Edwin Earhart could barely make the payments on the family house in Kansas City. There were always money worries. But Amelia loved her parents—especially her handsome, funny father.
Amelia and her younger sister, Muriel, saw a big roller coaster at the fair. When she got back to Kansas City, Amelia tried to build one in her yard.
World’s Fair introduced people to many new things. One of the most popular exhibits showed a “new” machine called the typewriter!
people stared at a new invention called the television.
“Building the World of Tomorrow” was the motto of the World’s Fair
Chapter 2 - A Woman of Character
Amelia motto: “Honor is the foundation of courage.”
Amelia always acted on what she believed in.
Chapter 3 - Amelia Chooses a Career
Sam asked Amelia to marry him. But Amelia knew that Sam would not want her to have a career. She said no. Amelia knew what she didn’t want.
Then, on Christmas Day in 1920, her life changed. Twenty-three-year-old Amelia Earhart and her father were with a crowd of people in Long Beach, California. They were all looking up into the sky. Why? An air show was taking place.
She had just one question. How much would it cost to take flying lessons?
“As soon as we left the ground, I knew I, myself, had to fly.”
From that day on, she had a goal. Amelia was going to become a pilot.
Neta agreed to teach Amelia to fly. It would cost $1.00 a minute. In 1921 that was a lot of money—but Amelia was willing to pay.
When the weather was good, Amelia practiced flying. When the weather was bad, Amelia didn’t waste that time. She read and studied about flying.
On December 15, 1921, Amelia took the test for her license. It was a little less than one year from when she took her first lesson—but she passed.