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Violet the Pilot
Title: Violet the Pilot: Her Inventions Will Take Her Sky-High
Author: Steve Breen
Illustrator: Steve Breen
Publisher: Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Publication year: 2008
Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“By the time she’s two years old, Violet Van Winkle can engineer nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she’s building elaborate flying machines from scratch—mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she’s capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen—something involving her best-ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself!”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found activities from this website Reading to Kids, that suggests some discussion questions like, “Who is Orville named after?” “Have you ever invented something” and “Why is it not nice to laugh at people who do things differently than you?
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – I enjoyed that this book showed a female main character who is interested in creating and engineering, showing other little girls that they to can create and that doing mechanical work is not only for boys.