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Nikki Grimes - Talkin' about Bessie

Talkin' about Bessie

The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

Author: Nikki Grimes; Illustrator: E. B. Lewis

  • AGES 8 - 11 
  • Genre Biography and Autobiography
Soar along with Bessie Coleman in this inspirational tale of a woman whose determination reached new heights.Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could and couldn't do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn't let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first black female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination. Innovatively told through a series of monologues.

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