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Nobody Owns the Sky: The Story of "Brave Bessie" Coleman

Come and fly, boys and girls! Black or white, short or tall,/ Come and fly, everybody! Come, answer my call-/ The air has no barrier, boundary, or wall./ The blue sky has room for us all.

As a young black woman in the 1920s, Bessie Coleman's chances of becoming a pilot were slim. But she never let her dream die. Coleman became the first licensed African-American aviator, inspiring generations as she soared.

Reeve Lindbergh — the daughter of trailblazing aviator Charles Lindbergh — honors Coleman's memory with a poem that sings of her accomplishment. With bold illustrations by Pamela Paparone, Nobody Owns The Sky will inspire readers to follow their dreams.

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"[Lindbergh] chooses the elements likeliest to inspire a young audience.... Giving the narrative additional lift, Paparone's (Who Built the Ark?) lustrous, appealingly primitive acrylic art effectively conveys a sense of the '20s. Not surprisingly, the sky figures prominently in most of the pictures; a number offer an airborne view of the world, conveying the excitement of a perspective obviously dear to Coleman." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 8
Author Reeve Lindbergh
Illustrator Pamela Paparone
ISBN 0763603619
Publication Date Jan 6, 1998
Publisher Candlewick
Language English