FICTION

The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned To Soar

illus. by Sara Palacios. 40p. photos. S. & S./Atheneum. Mar. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481445023. POP
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Gr 2–5—Aída de Acosta's fascination with flying and her determination to do so allowed her to accomplish this very task as a young teenager. She studied under Alberto Santos-Dumont and after various lessons, flew an airship during a sunny day in Paris. Unfortunately, when she landed, she was met by an unruly crowd who shouted insults at her (even her mother was opposed). What were they to think of a woman flying; after all, the year was 1903! In the text, however, Santos-Dumont greets her with kind words: "You're a hero, such a brave inspiration for all the girls of the world!" The mixed-media illustrations flow perfectly with the story and provide a calming tone. This introductory biography will guide readers on their way to finding out more about de Acosta and women in aeronautics in general. The author's note provides valuable information about both de Acosta and Santos-Dumont.
VERDICT A great resource for STEM classrooms and readers interested in historical figures who paved the way for modern day pioneers.

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