Fly, Bessie, Fly by Lynn Joseph

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"Far away, far away, Up past the clouds. High away, fly away, And never come down." More than anything, Bessie Coleman wants to fly. As a small child working in a Waxahachie, Texas, cotton field, she likes to imagine she's a bird, getting ready to spread her wings and fly away. Then, when Bessie learns about the black fighter pilots of World War I, she gets the idea that maybe she really can fly. But no one in the United States will teach her how to fly a plane because she's black and a woman. So Bessie goes to France, where she becomes the first black woman in the world to earn a pilot's license -- and where she finally has the chance to soar with the birds. In lyrical prose, Lynn Joseph tells the inspirational true story of aviator Bessie Coleman. Yvonne Buchanan's buoyant watercolor paintings remind us that sometimes even seemingly unattainable dreams are within our reach.

About Lynn Joseph

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Lynn Joseph was born in Trinidad and is the author of many picture books for children about her island home, including A Wave in Her Pocket, An Island Christmas, The Mermaid's Twin Sister, and Jump Up Time: A Trinidad Carnival Story. This is her second novel about the Dominican Republic, following her acclaimed book The Color of My Words, winner of the Americas Award. She has two sons, Jared and Brandt, and resides in New York and Bermuda. Buchanan is the award-winning illustrator of several works for children.
Published November 1, 1998 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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What makes this treatment appealing is that Coleman’s life lends itself to hyperbole, but Joseph reigns it in, imbuing the story with power and dignity.

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Joseph (A Wave in Her Pocket) offers a meaty picture book biography of Bessie Coleman (1896-1926), the first black woman aviator.

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Flying is the theme in more ways than one in this true story of Bessie Coleman: Bessie flies away from repressive society and soars into the skies as the first black and first female pilot.

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