Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine

Written by Heather Lang
Illustrated by Raúl Colón

In the early days of flight, many women and men distinguished themselves as clever, hardy, and fearless. None was more fearless than Ruth Law. Packed with information about Law’s most famous flight. This marvelous picture book appeals to the imagination and shows that nearly anything is possible with skill and determination. Agai-nst all odds, Law flew form Chicago to New York City – much of it nonstop – in 1916. The author does a beautiful job of showing how difficult that flight was. With an old plane, in frigid  weather, and with everyone telling her it was impossible, she did it! She even wore a skirt because women must. The author’s research was meticulous and she shows how a story can be both accurate and exciting.

Wonderfully action-packed illustrations accompany the text. The reader will feel they’re flying along with Law and even sense the bite of the wind and her joy at being airborne.

Great tie-in with early twentieth century history, flight, and women’s history.

  • Fearless FlyerTitle: Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine
  • Author: Heather Lang
  • Illustrator: Raúl Colón
  • Published: Calkins Creek, 2016
  • Reviewer: Sue Poduska
  • Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
  • Grade Level: PreK to 3
  • Genre: Picture Book, Nonfiction, History, Flight
  • ISBN: 978-1-620-91650-6

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