Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride


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Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were birds of a feather. Not only were they two of the most admired and respected women of all time, they were also good friends. Illuminated here for the first time in picture book form is the true story of a thrilling night when they made history together!

On a brisk and cloudless evening in April 1933, Amelia and Eleanor did the unprecedented: They stole away from a White House dinner, commandeered an Eastern Air Transport jet, and took off on a glorious adventure--while still dressed in their glamorous evening gowns!

This picture book tour de force celebrates the pioneering spirit of two friends whose passion for life gave them the courage to defy convention in the name of fulfillment, conviction, and fun. Soaring text, inspired by the known facts of this event, and breathtaking drawings ask readers to dream dreams as big as Amelia and Eleanor's.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780590960755
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 111,059
Product dimensions: 12.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: AD750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn’t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An inspiring tale based on a true story where friends Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt snuck away from a White House dinner to take a short flight in the sky around Washington DC and Baltimore. Set in 1933, the book contains facts and anecdotes about Earhart and Roosevelt. This is a great introduction into historical fiction for young readers.
Hartleyca on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, imaginary story of two favorite, courageous women meeting
jegka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. The pencil art done by Brian Selznick was fabulous! Especially the landscapes! In fact, there are a couple I could see doing as full-wall murals. (The clouds/airplane or the cherry blossoms in D.C.) I looked him up but didn't see anything else in this style, but was surprised to learn we own several other books he's illustrated. I highly recommend this book. The story is pleasant and it makes two very famous, influential women seem approachable but the art definitely makes it worth a look IMHO.
mmleynek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:This book is another example of strong women who aren¿t afraid to let the ¿rules¿ stop them from doing what they want to do. I have always been content to stay in the background but I am learning to step up and take chances. These women are great role models.
laurieleewalsh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book because it is a peek into a fascinating time in our country. This fiction story is based on a true event. It shows us what free spirits Roosevelt and Earhart were.
rpultusk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is based on the true story of the night that Eleanor Roosevelt invited her good friend, Amelia Earhart, to dinner at the White House. Halfway through dinner, as Amelia tells the guests about the wonders of flying at night, the two women decide to charter a flight to Baltimore that night! They leave dinner to have an adventure.The plot is straightforward and exciting. The setting is Washington DC in the 1930s, in the White House and in the airplane. The theme of adventure (specifically, of woman as adventurers) is a constant thread throughout the story. The poetic text and the beautiful illustrations work wonderfully together. The book is exquisite!According to author's note at the end, both author and illustrator did significant research on personal correspondence between the women and the events of this evening.Highly recommended for an elementary school library.
barnes08 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. Amelia is invited to attend dinner with Eleanor at the Witehouse. They exchange scarfs. At dinner they had George Washington's crab chowder. Earhart told about flying at night, and Eleanor wanted to ride. Amelia and Eleanor when for a ride in the airplane.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is based upon an actual incident (the afterword explains where the author took a few liberties with history) where Amelia Earhart took Eleanor Roosevelt (apparently they were friends...?) up in a plane at night.I love the black-and-white illustrations, and the descriptions of how different their formalwear was from the clothes they wore when defying gender boundaries, one by flying and the other by driving in a car. Bit wordy, but not overly so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written and researched
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pencil-rendered art in this book is extraordinary! The story of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt is also included in the recently released movie, "Amelia".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written and beautifully illustrated. For young girls (and boys for that matter) it provides a glimpse of two women of great achievement in a different era. The charm of the black-and-white sketches alone makes this book worthwhile. After repeatedly borrowing this book from the library, I decided it was time to buy my young daughter a copy of her own!