Nobody Owns the Sky by Reeve Lindbergh
Illustrated by Pamela Lindbergh
Publisher: Candlewick Press, Nonfiction
Suitable for ages 5 and up
Themes/Topics: following your dreams, aviators, women, death, Black History, nonfiction
Opening: There was a young woman who wanted to fly. But people said, "Kiss that wish good-bye! The sky's too big and the sky's too high. And you never will fly, so you'd better not try."
Brief Synopsis: In the 1920's, Bessie Coleman, a young black woman, wanted to fly, but the chances of that ever happening were very small. Bessie didn't let her chances dissuade her from following her dream. This story, written in poetic form, is her story - the story of the first African-American aviator.
Why I like this book: Since March is Women's History Month, I have been on the lookout for picture books that were about strong, courageous women. This book certain hit the spot. She doesn't give up on her dream and doesn't allow her circumstances The rhyme and the rhythm of the story sets the pace very nicely for the book. So not only is it about a wonderful woman, but it is written by the daughter of Charles Lindbergh.
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