Spirited, dream-seeking women are the focus of today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF review

Back when I was in high school taking classes to decide what to be when I grew up, women were going after careers as doctors, firefighters, attorneys, journalists, and much more. Unfortunately, my mother kept a dated attitude about which occupations were suited to men and which were suited for women–more specifically me.

When my high school interest in interior decorating led me into the Architectural Design course (where I achieved an A. Gotta blow my horn a little.) My mother, fearing I might choose to become an architect, put her foot down. She said architecture was a male-dominated field, and she wouldn’t pay the college tuition if I pursued it.

Wait. What? Male-dominated? There are going to be lots of men?

My mother’s problem became a perk.

Moving on. My next big interest was Psychology. One class led to two, and when two looked like it would turn into three (Can anyone see where this is going?), my mother said, “If you become a psychologist, your patients will be crazy people in search of advice. I won’t have it. If you want to pursue this field in college, I won’t pay the tuition.”

Without thinking, my teenage mouth spurted, “If you reconsider and let me become a psychologist, I’ll offer you free therapy in your old age.”

Moving on . . . (with a sore bottom.)

So there I was, envious of my older sister who chose the career she wanted and headed to college to study law without the parental flack I always received.

Ummm . . . Isn’t the field of law dominated by men?

My admiration for women who let nothing stand in the way of their dreams brings me to today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday review. Please welcome Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt (whose mothers I would have loved to meet).

Title – Amelia And Eleanor Go For A Ride

Written by – Pam Munoz Ryan

Illustrated by – Brian Selznick

Published by – Scholastic Press – 1999

Topics – Following dreams and determination

Opening – Amelia and Eleanor were birds of a feather. Eleanor was outspoken and determined.

So was Amelia.

Amelia was daring and liked to try things other women wouldn’t even consider.

So when Eleanor discovered that her friend Amelia was coming to town to give a speech, she naturally said, “Bring your husband and come to dinner at my house! You can even sleep over.”

Amazon’s Review –  View it HERE.  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.

Why do I like this book? I admire those with an adventurous spirit, and this book shows not one but two such spirited women going after their dreams full throttle. Amelia, without a care what people think about woman piloting planes, fearlessly takes to the skies to make her dream come true. And Eleanor, disregarding other’s opinions that women shouldn’t drive cars, loves the feeling of independence a car provides, has a new car, and can’t wait to get behind the wheel to feel the wind whoosh through her hair. The night Amelia comes to the White House for dinner is beyond magical for these two spirited friends.

Do you remember a dream you wanted more than anything? Did something stand in your way? Did you reach it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

8 thoughts on “Spirited, dream-seeking women are the focus of today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF review

  1. I had a feeling with Amelia being in the news this past week, someone would review a book about her. But, this book really sounds like a winner with two determined rebels. I have never heard this story before. Makes you want to time travel back to that moment.

    We must have grown up in similar eras, when women were supposed to be teachers or nurses — that’s what my dad said in 1969. I studied journalism and he saw no future in it for me — until he saw my byline on a story. We argued about courses I took, so I paid my own tuition so I could study my courses in peace. He came around. But, the feminist movement had gained momentum, too. My mother was supportive.

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    • My parents were older than the parents of my friends. Frankly, they were closer in age to the grandparents . . . So, many of their ideas about which jobs were suited for men and women didn’t fit with the thinking of the times. I still wonder why my mother never stood in the way of my sister’s plans. She got to become a lawyer, while I was discouraged from becoming an architect and a psychologist. I often wish I could glimpse into a crystal ball and see how my life would have played out had my mother been a mom who encouraged my dreams. Ah well, no use looking backward. Ever onward!


  2. Wonderful choice! Brings back fond memories of when I first found this book when my kids were young.

    I think our mothers must have been chatting. I took all honors courses, plus typing & shorthand in high school. While I’m glad now that I can type, I never did figure out those squiggles; think I was too busy rewriting the poorly-written letters we transcribed. Despite her lack of support, I ended up in a top university (she liked the ivy on the buildings), law school and a Wall Street firm. So glad that Eleanor & Amelia dared to be different & that their stories are now available to young women & men.

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    • Hopefully, in reading this book, many girls learn from Amelia and Eleanor that dreams are worth reaching for and CAN be obtained.

      I can’t relate to the shorthand classes, but I did take typing, a required course in high school, I’m very thankful for. This is one skill that comes in handy for writers!


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