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SKY HIGH, THE TRUE STORY OF MAGGIE GEE

Author: Marissa Moss

Illustrator: Carl Angel

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Publisher: Tricycle Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: All Maggie wanted to do was fly! But this was the 1940s and women flying planes was a new idea. But, with World War II, the US Army's air service needed pilots. This is the true story of one of only two Chinese American women to fly planes during WWII. You will see how she served our country doing something that few women had done before: fly planes. This is a biography of a little-known pilot, as well as history of women in aviation.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter liked reading about a women who was able to do a “man’s job” during the war. It interested her to read the true information in the back of the book where they tell all that Maggie did not just do the flying part. She thought it was very brave of her to even try to fly the plane for the Air Force.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book a lot. I thought it might be hard for my daughter to understand and was surprised when she wanted to read more about Maggie in the back of the book, I enjoyed reading it and liked the informational pages in the back of the book as well. The pictures really added to the story and made it more believable. This is a great read for any young girl.

Pros: This biography introduces kids to women in American history, as well as the biography genre. The presentation is easy to understand and read for young elementary students.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is an outstanding, unique story to share with kids. It is perfect for the school or local library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I'LL FLY MY OWN PLANE   PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS   AMELIA EARHART: YOUNG AIR PIONEER (Young Patriot Series)

Educational Themes: In addition to talking about one woman's achievements as an aviator and the history of World War II, the story introduces the themes of pursuing your dreams. This is a nice introduction to the biography genre for kids.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - biography, US history, airplane, War, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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