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ERIC Number: EJ955308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1521-7779
"Amelia Earhart": The Book that Almost Did Not Fly
Young, Terrell A.; Ward, Barbara A.
Journal of Children's Literature, v37 n1 p48-53 Spr 2011
If an entire village is needed to raise a child, and the successful launch of the Apollo XI required 400,000 men and women, then surely it stands to reason that a book that wins the 2009 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction also must have required a team of talented individuals, each contributing some direction and adding some special touch to "Amelia Earhart: Legend of the Lost Aviator". This article demonstrates how an illustrator's determination to pay tribute to a famous aviator inspired the collaboration of a publishing team. In a series of phone and e-mail communications, the authors interviewed the book's author Shelley Tanaka, the illustrator David Craig, the art director Chad Beckerman, and Abrams's publisher Howard Reeves for insight into how the book made its way from a vague concept and a book that almost never made it off the drawing board to a colorful, engaging story of an inspiring woman about whom much had already been written. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Chad