Last week I wrote about the fabulous book, When Marian Sang. After finishing that book, I knew I had to read the book that proceeded it by the same author/illustrator team. And I was glad I did. For two reasons.
Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride is written by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznik. Like the tale from last week, Amelia and Eleanor tells of the strength of woman. The reader learns of the special friendship between Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, women of like minds. And also like last week, the illustrations in this book are stunning. Again, they tell a tale all on their own.
I am thrilled to have had this book in the house though for an entirely different reason. When I began writing Nonfiction Monday posts I admitted that I had passed my preferences for fiction off to my daughters. If I offered to read a nonfiction book or suggest that they read one of their own, I was met with a lot of resistance. While my girls have always loved to read, they have not always loved nonfiction. Tonight though, Caroline picked up Amelia and Eleanor and asked what it was about. She then quickly asked me to sit down and read the story. It sure is true that children learn by what we do, not by what we say.
So off I go to read some more nonfiction…