Title: You Can't Do That, Amelia!
Author: Kimberly Wagner Klier
Illustrator: Kathleen Kemly
Publisher: Calkins Creek (Boyds Mills Press)
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 4.7
Concepts: human resources, innovation, discrimination, occupations
Review: Most children leave elementary school with a good working knowledge of Amelia Earhart’s famous accomplishment as the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and of her tragic disappearance while flying over the Pacific. Fewer kids may know about Ms. Earhart’s escapades in engineering as a youth, her work as a women’s rights advocate, and her efforts to support other professional women pilots. These important features of Amelia Earhart’s life come through loud and clear in You Can’t Do That, Amelia!
This well-researched book helps children get a better sense of young Amelia Earhart’s flair for innovation and her entrepreneurial zeal. The vivid illustrations and clear text do a good job communicating Amelia’s uncanny ability to defy people’s low expectations of women’s ability to succeed in the male-dominated profession of flying. Investing in human resources, overcoming discrimination, and pursuing innovative ideas are all powerful lessons in economics. Weaving these lessons into an entertaining story about a popular heroine gives this book its strong appeal.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children