Nobody Owns the Sky by Reeve Lindbergh
The Story of "Brave Bessie" Coleman

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Through poetry and rich illustrations, the story of "Brave Bessie" Coleman, the first African-American aviator in the world, captures the struggles she faced to achieve her dream and her determination to reach her goal successfully.
 

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Reeve Lindbergh is the author of several books for adults and children. They include the memoir of her childhood and youth, "Under a Wing", ?"No More Words", a description of the last years of her mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and "Forward From Here", a memoir about entering her sixties. She lives with her husband, Nat Tripp, and several animals on a farm in northern Vermont. Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator Charles Lindbergh and poet Anne Morrow Lindbergh, first learned about Bessie Coleman in 1986, the 60th anniversary of her father's famous flight. "Bessie was an incredibly brave person who was hardly noticed, while my parents got so much publicity it was difficult for them to live their normal lives. I saw a crazy imbalance and wanted to try to set things right." Reeve Lindbergh lives in Vermont. Pamela Paparone observes that NOBODY OWNS THE SKY is "about making dreams come true. My own dream has always been to be a children's book illustrator. In fact, I was ten years old when I created my first children's book. I dedicated it to Johnny Cash." Pamela Paparone lives in Pennsylvania.
 
Published September 1, 1996 by Mantra Publishing, Limited. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference. Fiction

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One particularly vibrant painting of birds soaring in the cloud-filled sky illustrates the freedom inherent in flight: ``With the wind on their wings, flying free, flying true/You can call to them all, you can say, `Hey, you!/I'm coming up there, too!' '' (Picture book.

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In 1922 Bessie Coleman, born in Texas in 1893 to a Native American father and an African American mother, became the first licensed black aviator in the world. Her tale is one of extraordinary perseve

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Come, answer my call-/ The air has no barrier, boundary, or wall./ The blue sky has room for us all.' "" She chooses the elements likeliest to inspire a young audience and throws in the occasional unfamiliar term (""a Richthofen Glide""), but leaves out, even in her explanatory note, such facts a...

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Coleman was the first licensed African American aviator, and the story of her perseverance is told in verse.

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