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The Resource The daring Miss Quimby, by Suzanne George Whitaker ; illustrated by Catherine Stock

The daring Miss Quimby, by Suzanne George Whitaker ; illustrated by Catherine Stock

Label
The daring Miss Quimby
Title
The daring Miss Quimby
Statement of responsibility
by Suzanne George Whitaker ; illustrated by Catherine Stock
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1912, airplanes looked like bicycles with wings. Only men flew these scary new machines. When a spirited young woman named Harriet Quimby decided to learn to fly, everyone said it would be too dangerous. But Harriet tried it anyway! She was the first woman in the United States to earn her pilot's license. Soon the whole country was just wild about her! Harriet loved the attention and designed a purple flight suit to stand out even more. Before long she was the first woman to fly across the English Channel
Award
Amelia Bloomer List, 2010
Review
  • Gr 2–5— Harriet Quimby was a writer and adventurer who became the first woman in the United States to receive a pilot's license and the first woman to fly solo across the English Channel. This picture-book biography briefly recounts her interest in flying, her short-lived fame as an aviatrix, and her untimely death less than a year after receiving her license. Whitaker's text flows well, and a time line and author's note at the back of the book provide more information about Quimby's place in aviation history. The two or three paragraphs of text per spread are surrounded by Stock's bright, fluid watercolors. The energetic illustrations reflect the facts of the story and impart a sense of the excitement surrounding the early air shows. Readers will glean additional period details through Stock's depictions of the pilot's dress and the airplanes she flew. Marissa Moss's Brave Harriet (Harcourt, 2001) is a more abbreviated, fictionalized account of Quimby's life. Daring is a good choice for children looking for an accessible book about early female flyers beyond Amelia Earhart and Bessie Coleman.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT --Donna Cardon (Reviewed August 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 8, p93)
  • In this portrait of Harriet Quimby, an independent daredevil who, in 1911, became the first woman in the U.S. to gain a pilot’s license, vibrant watercolors re-create an era when planes “looked more like bicycles with wings.” Flying the English Channel, Quimby’s plane is shown awash in thick fog, until she spots the shore and lands to an excited crowd and much acclaim. Quimby’s final flight, which resulted in her early death, is explained against an open expanse of water as the sun breaks through clouds. But the story ends on an uplifting note, explaining that Quimby paved the way for future female pilots. Ages 5–8. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed August 10, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 32, p56)
  • A fearless female becomes an inspiring American aviation icon in this biography of Harriet Quimby's brief, daring life. After seeing her first air show in 1910, magazine writer Quimby completed 33 flying lessons in three months to become the first American woman to earn a pilot's license. As a pilot on the air-show circuit, she soon dazzled fans in her purple satin flight suit. In April 1912 she flew through dense fog to become the first female to fly solo across the English Channel. Three months later she fell to her untimely death during an air show over Boston Harbor, terminating her short-lived career. Whitaker's lively text highlights Quimby's pioneer spirit that set the stage for later female aviators like Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Anne Lindbergh and Sally Ride. Stock's equally lively, energetic watercolor illustrations capture Quimby's spirited enthusiasm as she fearlessly tackles roadsters, racecars and flying machines, and convey the glamour, excitement and danger of early aviation. An accessible introduction to Quimby and her enduring role in aviation history. (timeline of women in aviation; author's note; suggested websites; selected bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2009)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
330335
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Whitaker, Suzanne
Dewey number
  • 629.13092
  • B
  • 629.13334
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD810L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
TL540.Q496
LC item number
W49 2009
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 5
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
5.8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Stock, Catherine
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Quimby, Harriet
  • Quimby, Harriet
  • Women air pilots
  • Air pilots
  • Women air pilots
  • Air pilots
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The daring Miss Quimby, by Suzanne George Whitaker ; illustrated by Catherine Stock
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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
751859
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780823419968
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008022569
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780823419968
  • (OCoLC)228701395
Label
The daring Miss Quimby, by Suzanne George Whitaker ; illustrated by Catherine Stock
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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
751859
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780823419968
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008022569
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780823419968
  • (OCoLC)228701395

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