I would like to welcome my guest blogger, Matthew Pitman, a sixth-grader at Earl Wood Middle School in Rockville, Maryland. An avid reader, Matthew reviews Brad Meltzer's two new childrens' books about American heroes Amelia Earhart and Abraham Lincoln, released in January 2014, by Dial books. Meltzer plans to release four more in the coming months.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
In his book I Am Amelia Earhart, Meltzer describes
Earhart’s childhood and her career in aviation. When she was young, Amelia acted very unlady-like by the standards of the of the early 1900s. For
example, she refused to play with dolls and wear dresses. Instead, she built
miniature roller coasters and day-dreamed about flying.
Amelia gets older, Meltzer describes the aviation records that she broke. She
was the first woman pilot to reach the highest altitude ever recorded by flying
to 14,000 feet.
Some memorable quotes that
Earhart is known for are, “Never interrupt someone who is doing what you said
could not be done,” and “I know no bounds.” These words are inspiring because
they encourage kids to not limit themselves.
Clearly, Meltzer’s theme is to chase your dreams no matter what gets in your way. He lets kids know that dreams are not just for adults.
does a good job of making Christopher Eliopoulos Earhart look like a little kid throughout the story which connects young
readers to her and her accomplishments.
Children from kinder to third grade would enjoy this book because of its fun pictures, interesting facts, and easy to comprehend language.
Meltzer delivers another fun everyday hero story with I Am Abraham Lincoln.
was young he could not stop reading. He would even
lie to his parents and say he was working in the corn field when he was really
reading. He continued attending school even after most kids his age had stopped
going. Although he was bullied in
school, he never stopped being himself. Abraham Lincoln
got older, he put his reading to good use and became
president. He had always been unhappy about slavery, and so during the Civil
War he freed the slaves. And out of respect, some of the slaves came and fought
for the Lincoln Union.
The illustrations by
are fun, but because Christopher Eliopoulos is shown in a suit and a beard even as a child, it
struck me as a little odd. Just like in “I Am Amelia Earhart,” the
illustrations do a good job of making the story easy to read and understand
because the pictures are so closely related to the story. Lincoln
Children will enjoy these inspirational books. Meltzer plans to write four more childrens' books about heroes.