Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan. il Brian Selznick.
Scholastic Press: NY, 1999.

Two of the most exciting women in history are together on a jaunt! Fact and fiction are mixed in this warm and lively meeting of two independent, like-minded women. Ryan has notes at the back to sort out which is which.

At a dinner party at the White House, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart decide to fly around D.C. after Eleanor asks Amelia what it is like to fly at night. To top off the evening, they go for a fast ride in Eleanor's automobile in continuation of their sharing their love of freedom.

The text perfectly captures the spirit of these two women and the excitement of their shared adventure. The illustrator being Selznick, the pictures are gorgeous and alive. The cover art ranks among my favorite.

related-Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, flight, cars, independence, adventure, historical fiction
RL=1st-3rd, read aloud to toddler-1st

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