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Fly high! : the story of Bessie Coleman

by Borden, Louise.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 12 copies
Available (11)
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Biographies j TL540.C646 B67 2001
Location  CLP - East Liberty
 
Collection  Children's Biographies
 
Call Number  j TL540.C646 B67 2001
 
 
CLP - Hill District Children's Biographies j TL540.C646 B67 2001
Location  CLP - Hill District
 
Collection  Children's Biographies
 
Call Number  j TL540.C646 B67 2001
 
 
CLP - Homewood Children's African American j TL540.C646 B67 2001
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Collection  Children's African American
 
Call Number  j TL540.C646 B67 2001
 
 
CLP - Sheraden Children's Biographies j TL540.C646 B67 2001
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Collection  Children's Biographies
 
Call Number  j TL540.C646 B67 2001
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Biographies j TL540.C646 B67 2001
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Children's Biographies
 
Call Number  j TL540.C646 B67 2001
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92C COLEMAN Bor
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
 
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B COLEMAN
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Collection  Children's Biography
 
Call Number  J B COLEMAN
 
 
Robinson Library Juvenile Biography J BIOGRAPH COLEMAN
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Collection  Juvenile Biography
 
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B COLEMAN 2001
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Collection  Juvenile Biography
 
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South Park Library Juvenile j 92 COL
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Collection  Juvenile
 
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Whitehall Public Library Easy Nonfiction ENF 92 Coleman, Bessie
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Collection  Easy Nonfiction
 
Call Number  ENF 92 Coleman, Bessie
 
 
 
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Biography CHECKED OUT
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Collection  Biography
 
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Summary
Besse Coleman was born in rural Texas in 1892. She loved school, especially learning about numbers, and she was a good reader, too. Yet when it was time to pick cotton she had to work in the fields instead of going to school. Nevertheless, she was determined to be somebody when she grew up.
In her early twenties, Bessie moved to Chicago. Perhaps there she could "find a bigger life." In the city, Bessie heard many tales of World War I from returned veterans. She also heard there were woman airplane pilots in France. From then on, she was determined to become a pilot. But she soon found out that no one would teach a woman -- especially a woman with dark skin -- how to fly. To study in France was her only chance, and by working hard and saving her money, she managed at last to get there. Bessie Coleman became the first African-American to earn a pilot's license. She was somebody.
The inspiring story of her difficult early years, her success as a stunt pilot putting on daring air shows in many states, and her dedication to telling young African-Americans wherever she went, "You can be somebody. You can fly high just like me," is as moving and important today as it was then. Simply told with evocative full-color illustrations, this is a special book for today's young people.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 6^-9. This short, highly illustrated biography introduces aviatrix Bessie Coleman, who in 1921 became the first African American with a pilot's license. Coleman, who picked cotton as a child in Texas, moved to Chicago as a young woman and was seized with the desire to fly an airplane. When that opportunity was denied to her in America, she saved her money, learned French, and moved to France, where she earned an international pilot's license. Throughout the text, the authors emphasize Coleman's determination to "be somebody," a resounding inspirational message for youngsters. The writing is clear and informative. Even the potentially difficult section on Coleman's death in a plane crash is handled with plainspoken dignity. Flavin contributes a series of soft-edged gouache paintings that express beauty and harmony in every aspect of Coleman's life. Pair this with Reeve Lindbergh's Nobody Owns the Sky (1996) for the same age group."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "PW called this picture-book biography of the African-American aviator "informative and insightful. A flight well worth taking." Ages 9-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Coleman, Bessie, -- 1892-1926 -- Juvenile literature.
Coleman, Bessie, -- 1892-1926.
African American women air pilots -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Air pilots.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Margaret K. McElderry,2001
Contributors Kroeger, Mary Kay.
Flavin, Teresa.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 0689824572
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