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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Amelia Earhart’s Life in Comic Book Format

Pioneer Of The Sky!


Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2020 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.

Show Me History! Amelia Earhart: Pioneer Of The Sky (Amazon | Book Depository)

Created by James Buckley Jr., Kelly Tindall, Comicraft, Ian Churchill
Published by Portable Press (2018)
ISBN: 1684125456 (ISBN13: 9781684125456). Review copy provided by publisher. Book photos taken by me.

I have to confess that I am enjoying reading the graphic novel biographies included in the Show Me History! series – mainly because they fit our Comic Mania reading theme.

I learned a few important things from Amelia Earhart’s life in this biography narrated by Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam – that I did not know before: one of which is that she had an alcoholic father and had to move from one city to the next as a young girl.

Their peripatetic lifestyle prevented her from making lasting friends, and she had always felt like an outsider in the many schools she attended. However, she was depicted to have a close relationship with her sister with whom she built rollercoasters with as a young girl, in their grandparents’ place. It was through her sister’s influence that she first became a nurse’s aide – another tidbit that I did not know about her. It was here that she first fell in love with the idea of flying.

In talent development models, there is always that pivotal moment among eminent individuals or experts when they first fell in love with an idea, a domain, a discipline. I am glad that this moment was highlighted in the narrative. Amelia’s fearlessness, adventurous spirit, and joy in living were likewise captured in this storytelling. While I did not particularly care much for the narrators (Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam), the information presented about Amelia’s fascinating life more than made up for it.

When she finally decided to get married, she made sure that she retained her professional name – and was quite adamant about how she was represented in the media, as reflected in the letter above. While she was frustrated at simply being “used” as the token female aviator in her first flight, she compensated for that experience by initiating more daring adventures of her own later on. She knew about the significance of portraying one’s self in public, and sought to pave the way for more women in a field that was largely male-dominated at the time. She was indeed a pioneer of the sky.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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