Reviews for Tuskegee Airmen

Library Media Connection Reviews 2009 October
These appealing, well-written books are just right for readers who want a brief introduction to these famous people and important issues. Biographies begin with an enticing introduction, followed by text focusing on qualities such as determination and hard work as well as native skills. Each book highlights the personÆs achievements and the way these achievements improved life for all Americans.áBooks on historical topics begin with an interesting overview, before telling the story chronologically. There is enough information for readers to speak or write adequately about any of these people or topics. A timeline and glossary add to the usefulness of the book, as do the lists of sources of additional information. These books would be useful for below-level readers and ESL students. Recommended. Anitra Gordon, Educational Reviewer, Ann Arbor, Michigan ¬ 2009 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 July

Gr 4-6-Airmen celebrates the pilots' extraordinary achievements by placing them within the context of their time, when segregation was common. De Capua explains that some army officials were certain that African Americans lacked the "ability, intelligence and courage to be military pilots," while other leaders passionately supported the Airmen and their right to serve. Personal accounts, historical photographs of training, news stories about the men's fighting ability, and records of successful missions help to explain the squadron's determination not only to fly but also to prove its proficiency and bravery. By demonstrating how the pilots' success encouraged desegregation within the army and set a precedent for the then impending Civil Rights Movement, the author makes a case for the profound effect of past actions on the present. UndergroundRailroad describes how this secret system worked and introduces key figures. Williams discusses relevant laws and amendments as well as the advent and conclusion of the Civil War. The facts, presented through stories, historical news accounts, and biographical sketches of Harriet Tubman and Levi Weeks, capture the desperation of the enslaved as well as the abolitionists' commitment to them. The books are concise and direct, yet the writing remains sophisticated. Vibrant personal stories accompanied by striking photographs of historical figures and artifacts provide a sense of the subjects' hopes and dreams.-Margaret Auguste, Franklin Middle School, Somerset, NJ

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