Bessie Coleman was born in
As a young adult she made her way to
I learned all this from reading this biography, written for K – third graders. The text is written simply and clearly and the message is inspirational. The artwork is warm and charmingly drawn. Although her life was often brutally hard and the obstacles to her success could be crushing, the story is told without emphasizing the harshness of the racism and sexism she struggled against. Her continual encouragement and enthusiasm is the focus of the book, making it inspiring for young readers. I read this book to my second graders every year, and I find that age to be particularly interested in flight, the drama of her struggle, and the tragedy of her death. This biography is highly recommended!