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Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel: 05/11/14
Brave Harriet: The First Woman to Fly the English Channel by Marissa Moss is a picture book biography of Harriet Quimby, the first women to fly from England to France.
Harriet from the earliest days of the airplane, realized she wanted to be a part of the action. She was the first American woman to receive pilot's license, despite being forced to go through more hurdles than her male counterparts.
This book though, is primarily about her flight across the English channel. The flight was dangerous for anyone making it, in the days of open air planes and low air speeds and no instrumentation for flying in bad weather. But the men helping her set up this flight wanted her to cheat, and send a man in disguise her place! She didn't agree to such a ridiculous plan and history was made.
I read this book at the insistence of my daughter, also named Harriet. She sees all other Harriets as some sort of extension of herself. Being named Harriet is a call to be brave, to be a hero, to be adventurous.