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The flying girl : how Aida de Acosta learned to soar / Margarita Engle ; illustrated by Sara Palacios.

Engle, Margarita (author.). Palacios, Sara, (illustrator.).

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Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury JB ACOSTA, A ENG (Text to phone) 34005100472736 Juvenile Biography Available -

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: "Six months before the famous Wright Brothers' first flight, Aída de Acosta became the first woman to fly a powered aircraft."--
Target Audience Note:
Ages 4-8.
K to grade 3.
Awards Note:
Charter Oak Children’s Book Award (COCBA) Nominee, 2018-2019.
Subject: Acosta, Aida de 1884-1962 Juvenile literature
Santos-Dumont, Alberto 1873-1932 Juvenile literature
Women air pilots United States Biography Juvenile literature
Women in aeronautics History Juvenile literature
Flight History Juvenile literature
Airships Juvenile literature
Picture books for children
Genre: Biographies.
Picture books.

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 9781481445023
The Flying Girl : How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar
The Flying Girl : How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar
by Engle, Margarita; Palacios, Sara (Illustrator)
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The Flying Girl : How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar

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Gr 2-5-Aída de Acosta's fascination with flying and her determination to do so allowed her to accomplish this very task as a young teenager. She studied under Alberto Santos-Dumont and after various lessons, flew an airship during a sunny day in Paris. Unfortunately, when she landed, she was met by an unruly crowd who shouted insults at her (even her mother was opposed). What were they to think of a woman flying; after all, the year was 1903! In the text, however, Santos-Dumont greets her with kind words: "You're a hero, such a brave inspiration for all the girls of the world!" The mixed-media illustrations flow perfectly with the story and provide a calming tone. This introductory biography will guide readers on their way to finding out more about de Acosta and women in aeronautics in general. The author's note provides valuable information about both de Acosta and Santos-Dumont. VERDICT A great resource for STEM classrooms and readers interested in historical figures who paved the way for modern day pioneers.-Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 9781481445023
The Flying Girl : How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar
The Flying Girl : How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar
by Engle, Margarita; Palacios, Sara (Illustrator)
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Writing in upbeat, intermittently rhyming verse, Engle tells the true story of Aída de Acosta, an American woman of Cuban and Spanish descent who piloted an early flying machine. While visiting Paris as a teenager, Acosta is awestruck by eccentric inventor Alberto Santos-Dumont's motorized aircrafts and is determined to pilot one. Despite objections-"Girls, they hollered, should only be allowed/ to learn how to cook, sew, and clean,/ but girls, they bellowed, should never/ be taught how to fly/ huge machines"-Acosta successfully flies a dirigible, landing in a polo field near Paris. Palacios's mixed-media artwork features ruby and sapphire jewel tones, including in flocks of red birds that accompany Acosta's journey. Engle delivers a sweetly uplifting story about a girl who "only needed courage and a chance to try." Ages 4-8. Agent: Michelle Humphrey, Martha Kaplan Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Syndetic Solutions - BookList Review for ISBN Number 9781481445023
The Flying Girl : How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar
The Flying Girl : How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar
by Engle, Margarita; Palacios, Sara (Illustrator)
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Aída de Acosta has the distinction of being the first woman to fly a motored aircraft in 1903, about six months before the Wright brothers' famous first flight. De Acosta, a Hispanic American teenager, was visiting Paris when she observed a flying machine and became determined to learn to fly it herself. Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazil's Father of Aviation and the airship inventor, understood her desire and gave her three lessons before she made her one and only solo flight. Playful language with intermittent rhymes and repetition results in an enjoyable easy-to-read biography for young children of a little-known historical figure. The digitally enhanced mixed-media illustrations in blues, browns, greens, and rust reveal a variety of perspectives and were created using colored pencil, gouache, and markers. De Acosta's determination in making her dream come true serves as an inspiration to young girls: they can soar in whatever endeavor they choose to pursue: If that man can fly, so can I. All I need are some lessons and a chance to try! --Owen, Maryann Copyright 2017 Booklist

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