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Friday, 28 November 2014

Review: Meet... Nancy Bird Walton

Meet…Nancy Bird Walton is another stunning book in the ‘Meet Series’, profiling extraordinary Australian men and women who have shaped Australia’s history.

Nancy Bird Walton grew up during the golden age of aviation. By the time she was 13, Nancy knew she wanted to fly. When she was 18, Nancy studied under the famous aviator Charles Kingsford Smith. This story details how Nancy began her career and became Australia's first female commercial pilot.

It was hard enough becoming a pilot in the 1930s, let alone a female pilot. Nancy’s ‘never give up’ attitude and her determination to follow her dreams will inspire children to ‘keep trying’ and to ‘reach for the stars’.

There is also a timeline in the back of the book, along with teacher’s resources available.

This biographical history book with soul will both encourage and inspire. With direct quotes from
Nancy and classic illustrations that are fitting with the era, Meet…Nancy Bird Walton is educational and interesting and deserves a place in every Australian classroom and library.

Title: Meet… Nancy Bird Walton
Author: Grace Atwood
Illustrator: Harry Slaghekke
Publisher: Random House, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 Oct 2014
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780857983879
For ages: 5-9
Type: Picture Book

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