Robert Burleigh chooses beautiful words dipped with richness in his book Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic. His use of careful phrasing, short quipped sentences and interwoven personification,challenges your thinking. His biographical narrative allows the reader to feel Amelia’s anxiousness and hopefulness at the same time. I marvel at Burleigh’s molding of words. The emotion keeps you on the edge.
“1:00 a.m. The friendly night becomes a graph of fear: a jagged line between where-I-am and not-quite-sure.“
Your students will be engaged in thought. Each page turning brings forth a new possibility.
Wendell Minor‘s paintings illuminate the highlights of the scene. The reader has the sense he/she is flying with Amelia, viewing the Atlantic for the first time.
When you open the book, notice the end papers. They have a map of Amelia’s journey from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to Derry, Northern Ireland. A sketch of her plane, Little Red Bus, depicts the Lockheed Vega she flew. An afterword in the back shares a short biography of Amelia’s ambitious personality and love for flying. In addition, other research websites are shared. I particularly love the “Things Amelia Said” section. She was a bold lady with zest!
Savorings for reading and in writing for Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses:
- 2 word sentences – lots of varying
- Foreshadowing – the flight seems to be going smoothly when a storm erupts
- Similes – lots
- Personification – brings the reader into the midst of history
- Colon – used numerous times
PES new book