The Flying Girl: How Aída de Acosta Learned To Soar

By ENGLE, Margarita

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ISBN
9781481445023
Publisher
S. & S. Atheneum


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2017  |  Elementary

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 he...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2018

In this slightly fictionalized account (with brief invented dialogue) Engle and Palacios introduce readers to Aída de Acosta (1884-1962), who defied the sexist attitudes of her era to learn to pilot dirigibles. Lilting, intermittently rhyming text shows teenage Aída's curiosity, as she convinces the airship's inventor to teach her to fly despite her mother's protests. The book high...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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