Thursday, May 26, 2011

Night Flight Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic by Robert Burleigh 

Night Flight is about Amelia Earhart's 1932 historic solo flight from Newfoundland to Ireland.

Earlier this year, my third grade students had several lessons on historical fact vs. historical fiction.  One of the topics we covered was Amelia Earhart.  They became very interested in learning about this remarkable woman. As a result, I'm constantly on the look out for good books on Amelia Earhart to share with them.

Burleigh's book is a beautifully illustrated biographical picture book detailing Earhart's historic flight. Even though most readers will already know that Earhart's flight was successful, the text is written in a suspenseful manner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.  Students will enjoy Wendell Minor's classically beautiful paintings and educators will appreciate the afterword, technical note, bibliography and listing of quotes by Earhart that Burleigh includes at the end of the book.  This is an excellent book to supplement lessons on historical fact vs. historical fiction or for celebrating famous women in history.

Night Flight is a must add for any school or classroom library collection.

Recommended for 3rd Grade and up.

Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!

1 comment:

  1. Mrs. Archer, I do some publicity for Wendell Minor, among other authors and illustrators, and Wendell recently found your review of NIGHT FLIGHT on your blog. On June 6th, I plan on quoting the first and second paragraph and the last sentence of the third on the Balkin Buddies blog ( and will post a link to your blog. Would this be okay with you? You can respond through my website ( Needless to say, we were thrilled with your review. Wendell posted a link to your blog on his Facebook's Minor Art Fan page: