What’s this? Two book posts in a week? My stars, what is happening? Well for the last year, the Kids Nook blog has been a combination of books and activities. But coming into the 2016, we decided to make the focus of this blog about books and illustrators. We’re going to go through and update some of our old book posts (as I’m sure some of you have noticed), while also introducing some of the newer ones we’ve found. We’ll still probably have some activity posts, and a few links like we have been doing, but for now: New Year, New Us!
Enough of that, let’s get to the real fun stuff! This week we’re looking at the picture book Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride.
Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride
by Pam Munoz Ryan
Illustrated by Brian Selznick
The book is based on a true story, in which Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, takes the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on a plane ride in Washington DC.
This small incident in history is the kind of stuff storytellers and historians dream of: great people meeting other great people, and sharing a special adventure together. Pam Munoz Ryan does an excellent job of telling that story.
I’ll readily admit that the thing that drew me to this book was that it was illustrated by Brian Selznick. He’s the man who wrote and illustrated the beautiful graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He’s excellent with illustrating people and lush, enchanting backgrounds.
I was at a cafe when I was reading this book, when my friend and her six year old daughter walked in after school. The little girl is pretty fiery herself, so I decided to share this book with her. I told her the story while she looked at the pictures, and she loved it! So when I say this is a great book to share with your kids, you can take my word for it 🙂
Happy flying folks! We’ll see you next week!