Author Robert Burleigh, ably assisted with paintings by Wendell Minor, has brought the story of Amelia Earhart’s flight from Newfoundland to Ireland to life for young readers in Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic. Most of us are familiar with her later ill-fated flight. This flight, in 1932, while filled with its own anxious hours, is perhaps not so well-known.
We see Amelia at sunset, as she prepares for take-off in a small red plane made of wood. Over the Atlantic in the middle of the night she runs into a terrible storm and almost meets a watery end but manages, amazingly, to fly out of it.
Why does she do the things she does? Because, she says, “women must try to do things as men have tried.”
I encourage you to have a look at this book – beautifully written, with evocative paintings that illustrate the story of a young woman who believed that women often didn’t get a fair chance – she was willing to push the limits, to test boundaries, to pave the way for others.
This is a great book for young girls – but for boys also. The message: anything is achievable if you are willing to work for it!