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The Resource Miss Todd and her wonderful flying machine, written by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee ; illustrations by Kristina Yee, Isona Rigau and Nick Cooke

Miss Todd and her wonderful flying machine, written by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee ; illustrations by Kristina Yee, Isona Rigau and Nick Cooke

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Miss Todd and her wonderful flying machine
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Miss Todd and her wonderful flying machine
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written by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee ; illustrations by Kristina Yee, Isona Rigau and Nick Cooke
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Language
eng
Summary
"[T]he real life story of Miss Lily Todd the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane. The story is set at the turn of the century when the world is awakening to the possibilities of the flying machine. One young woman, Miss Lily Todd, is inspired and she'll do whatever it takes to fly. But oh, no, no, no! At a time when becoming sky-born is already a challenge, Lily has more than gravity holding her down. Will she fly?"--Amazon.com
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  • Grades 1-4 Young Lily Todd longs to fly, leading to some reckless early experiments. Encouraged by Grandpa, she researches and builds numerous paper airplanes. Later, after being turned away from universities (because she is female), she finds a financial backer, enabling her to design, build, and successfully fly an airplane in competition. This fictional story (inspired by the real Lily Todd, who is credited as the first woman to design and build an airplane) is adapted from the stop-motion-animated musical film about this inventor. The characters are paper-cut puppets that have been photographed against miniature stages and backgrounds, resulting in unusual but surprisingly engaging artwork. Back matter provides further information about the real Lily, her female benefactor, and another pilot, as well as notes about the film. This will be a welcome addition to units on women aviators; pair with Nikki Grimes’ Talkin’ about Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman (2002) or Meghan McCarthy’s Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton (2013). -- Weisman, Kay (Reviewed 06-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 19, p105)
  • K-Gr 3 — Inspired by the Student Academy Award-winning short film Miss Todd , this book tells the fictionalized story of Miss E. Lilian Todd, the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane. Set during the turn of the century, this tale follows Miss Todd's many trials and errors. Stills from the film make up the illustrations, which are presented in panels, giving the story an episodic feel. The strength of this work is its depiction of the scientific method and the heroism of its main character, who doesn't allow society to define her dreams. The road to a successful flying machine was long, and this tale emphasizes the physical, mental, and emotional toll the process took on its creator. The action builds to the dramatic events of the world-famous Long Island Flying Competition, where Miss Todd makes the bold decision to pilot her flying machine, despite being told, "No girls allowed in the sky!" The use of period photos and dioramas make readers feel they're truly walking in Miss Todd's world. Profiles of the real people behind the story are included in the back matter, as is information about the film that preceded this volume. VERDICT A great selection, especially for libraries that support classroom units about inventors and inventions.—Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH --Samantha Lumetta (Reviewed November 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 11, p133)
  • Based on the authors’ stop-motion animated short film, this story about Lily Todd, the first woman to design and build a plane, is illustrated with photographs of paper puppets in model sets. Growing up at the turn of the 20th century, Todd developed an early fascination with flight and, at her Grandpa Joe’s urging, learned everything she could through books and model-making. After Todd was rejected from universities because of her gender, philanthropist Olivia Sage gave her space to build a full-size flying machine. The photographed scenes dominate, sometimes divided into panels to graphic-novel-like effect. Skillful use of shadow and lighting gives the scenes theatricality, while the puppets themselves evoke powerful emotions. Despite the restrictions Todd faced, the collaborators emphasize her passion and perseverance: “When she was soaring high above the clouds, flying free with the wind in her hair, she knew that nothing could hold her down—not even gravity.” An invented scene in which Todd sneaks onto her plane after being denied the chance to fly it, which the book fails to identify as fiction, is the only strike against this richly imagined tribute. Ages 4–up. (June) --Staff (Reviewed May 25, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 21, p)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10444935
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Poletti, Frances
Dewey number
629.13
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Yee, Kristina
  • Rigau, Isona
  • Cooke, Nick
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True
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  • Todd, Lilian E
  • Todd, Lilian E
  • Airplanes
  • Women air pilots
  • Air pilots
  • Airplanes
  • Women air pilots
  • Air pilots
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Miss Todd and her wonderful flying machine, written by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee ; illustrations by Kristina Yee, Isona Rigau and Nick Cooke
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1486224
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781938298769
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014959334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781938298769
  • (OCoLC)902831444
Label
Miss Todd and her wonderful flying machine, written by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee ; illustrations by Kristina Yee, Isona Rigau and Nick Cooke
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1486224
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781938298769
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014959334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781938298769
  • (OCoLC)902831444

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