"Is this real?" "Did this really happen?" I hear that statement at least once a day from my kids. My daughter just yesterday asked about SpiderMan and the Ninja Turtles. I of course had to tell her that they were not real but fictional (yes the librarian in me uses such terms with my young kids #imanerd), and she was slightly disappointed.
After we read Bessie, Queen of the Sky by Andrea Doshi and Jimena Duran my daughter, and my son, immediately asked "Is this real?" I loved being able to tell them that Bessie was a real girl that lived a long time ago and did amazing things.
The look in my children's eyes of awe and amazement with a touch of inspired was fantastic. Since the day we read Bessie, Queen of the Sky by kids have mentioned more than a couple times how you have to practice and work hard in life. I adore how this book has taught them so many lessons.
Bessie, Queen of the Sky gets 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book review.
I absolutely love the many messages and lessons found in this story. I love that Bessie was a real person that I learned a ton about. I love that Bessie had a goal/desire as a child to be a pilot. I love that she went against the norm and stuck with what she loved. I love that she had to work incredibly hard, learn another language, and travel to a foreign country to accomplish her goal. I love that she didn't give up. I love that light and airy look of the pictures. I love that they included facts and a picture of Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman; the historical touch takes this book over the top. There are many things I loved about this book, and I am so glad my girls can read this book over and over again.
I did feel the wording in Bessie, Queen of the Sky was a little choppy at times, and a few aspects of the book that distracted from the book more than added. For example the mosquitoes and the pink bird. I completely understand why the mosquitoes and bird were added to support the negative thoughts she had as well as the positive thoughts or opportunities. However, I feel they were a touch confusing at first and then overall didn't add much value.
This book wasn't perfect, but it is a really great picture that will inspire young girls to do and be whatever they want to be. This book is fantastic; definitely go check this book out, or purchase it for a young girl in your life.
Kids self-esteem develops the most from 0-5 years old. There are many things we can do (loving them, supporting their interests, encouraging and praising them are just a few examples) to help our child's self esteem grow and develop. Reading this book is a great tool to help our children grow and develop.
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Happy Inspiring Girl Power Picture Book reading!
Bessie, Queen of the Sky by Andrea Doshi and Jimena Duran
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Best For: 4-10 year olds, preschool through 5th grade girls
Worth a Check Out: Yes!
Buy It or Not: Buy, especially if you have a girl. So very inspiring.
Read Aloud: Yes.
Lesson Ideas: Goals, following your dreams, hard work, perseverance.
I received this book from Andrea Doshi and Jimena Duran, the authors, in exchange for my review and honest opinion. All of my thoughts, opinions, and words are my own.