- Hardcover: 126 pages
- Publisher: Eakin Pr (Aug. 1 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157168459X
- ISBN-13: 978-1571684592
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 26 cm
- Shipping Weight: 513 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,932,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Katherine Stinson: The Flying Schoolgirl Hardcover – Aug 1 2000
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-A story of an impressive flight pioneer, illustrated with informative black-and-white archival photographs. Stinson was raised in Mississippi and became interested in flying in 1911 when she was 19 years old. In a career spanning only seven years, she became the first woman to fly solo at night, the first pilot to perform skywriting, broke her competitor Ruth Law's distance record, established a flying school, and tirelessly promoted aviation around the world. An enthusiastic flyer and entrepreneur, Stinson met not only the challenges faced by women during that time, but also the incredible danger of early aviation. In telling this woman's story, Winegarten has included some fictionalized dialogue, an "invented friend," and quotes by Stinson as well as excerpts of some of her writings. A book that will no doubt inspire young people.
Cyrisse Jaffee, formerly at Newton Public Schools, MA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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It is the fascinating factual story of Katherine Stinson and her seven years of extensive record-setting flying history. This tiny woman of 100 pounds, born in Alabama, raised in Texas, and in later life nourished in New Mexico where she became an architect, barnstormed county and state fairs, but more importantly, barnstormed around the world, becoming a great heroine when flying exhibitions in China and Japan where she was received and highly decorated by Japan's Emperor.
She and her sister Marjorie even trained many American and Canadian airmen to go overseas and fly against the Germans in World War I, even though the U.S. Army refused to give her a commission to fly. Disgusted at being "put down" for being a woman, she went to France anyway and drove an ambulance.
Here is a book, beautifully written and factually filled, that will thrill the hearts of all women when they read and come to know the many successes of "Flying Katie" as she was called, in spite of the fact that she was a woman. And it will make men cringe to see that "Katie" outflew them all.
Ralph Hammond, D.Litt. Poet Laureate Emeritus State of Alabama
The daring, pioneering efforts and feats that brought Katherine Stinson success and international fame are wonderfully related by Debra Winegarten who entwines this life story with the early history of aviation and highlights it with excellent vintage photographs.
This is an inspiring, compelling, easy read for young people and adults, as well. To those who were unaware of her before, this book introduces Katherine Stinson and her close supportive family who eventually work together to establish an airfield and flight school, aircraft business in San Antonio. And perhaps most important is the message implicit in the courageous way Stinson meets each challenge in her career and aims for more: with earnest desire, dedication and education, ambitions - even some that seem far out now -- can be fully realized.