Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine

Raul Colon never fails to disappoint with gorgeous texture in his illustrations.  Illustrating Fearless Flyer gave him numerous opportunities to craft fluffy clouds and he does so with lines throughout.  His medium is listed on the verso as Prismacolor pencil on Canson paper and lithograph crayons.  The results are lovely!  

The story of Ruth Law reminds me of Meghan McCarthy’s “Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton”.  Both women were pioneers.  Ruth Law started out as a daredevil, but wanted to be taken more seriously as a pilot.  She did what many thought she could not.  Heather Lang includes direct quotes from Ruth Law on almost every page in a different scripted and quoted font.  Each of these quotes is cited in the source notes in addition to a full bibliography.

As Ruth said herself, “What those men can do a woman can do.  I can do.”

Photographs in the section “More About Ruth Law” show just how bundled one has to be to be flying with no cockpit.  Heather Lang does a masterful job of weaving the story of her flight together and highlighting both the accomplishment and the struggle.

Title: Fearless Flyer: Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine
Author: Heather Lang
Illustrator: Raul Colon
Published 2016 by Calkins Creek
ISBN: 978-1-62091-650-6

This copy was received from the publisher for review.

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