Betty Skelton a Women of Character
I just finished reading Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton Meghan McCarthy, and wanted to share it with you. This picture book biography has fun illustrations that children will enjoy, and it's well worth your time to check out.
This is a riveting picture book biography of Betty Skelton. In the 1930's most girls were happy playing with dolls, but not Betty Skelton. She liked playing with airplanes, watching them fly around outside, and even flying airplanes herself! She lived for an adventure-in the air, the water, and on land-and nothing could stop her, especially not being a girl.
When Betty Skelton was young there weren't many women flying airplanes or racing cars, but she wouldn't let that stop her. She was always ready to take on a challenge, and she loved to have fun. Betty rode motorcycles, raced cars, jumped out of planes, and flew jets, gliders, and blimps. And, by the time she was an adult, Betty was known in the press as the "First Lady of Firsts!" This vibrantly illustrated picture book biography reveals the exciting life of a brave pioneer who followed her dreams and showed the world that women can do anything!
'First Lady of Firsts' Had Drive To Achieve," Indiana River Corvette Club, http://www.ircorvettes.com/MemberNews/Betty/Bettys3.htm (December 7, 2011).
- "Betty Skelton, Air and Land Daredevil, Dies at 85," New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/us/11skelton.html (December 7, 2011).
- "Betty Skelton Frankman," The National Aviation Hall of Fame Web Site, http://www.nationalaviation.org/frankman-betty/ (December 7, 2011).