Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

ISBN: 059096075X
ISBN 13: 9780590960755
By: Pam Muñoz Ryan Brian Selznick

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While still dressed in evening gowns, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt go on a night flight above Washington, D.C. on April 1933. Extensively researched, the story contains actual dialogue and facts of the account. Breathtaking illustrations tell the trip of these two American heroines as it might have been.

Reader's Thoughts


This is a work of historical fiction woven in, yet exaggerated, with actual facts about two amazing woman in U.S. history: Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. The illustrations are stunning, which is not surprising coming from the exceedingly talented Brian Selznick. The narrative swept my daughter and I both away, each page we were making speculations about if this tale could possibly be true. Thank goodness for the lengthy afterward clarifying all the truths or stretches of. How fantastic it would have been to go for a ride above Washington D.C. with these outspoken, determined woman!

Jason Lilly

I picked this book up from the library mostly because of Brian Selznick's illustrations. After being mesmerized by The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it was great to see Selznick use his talent for a slightly younger audience.Amelia and Eleanor tells the story of the real life friendship between Amelia Earheart & Eleanor Roosevelt. The story, told simply but effectively by Pam Munoz Ryan, focuses on an enchanting evening when the two women enjoy a night flight from D.C. to Baltimore & back. Selznick enhances Ryan's words with accurrate & beautiful black & white sketches of the famous women, Earheart's plane, the White House, & a gorgeous two page scene of D.C. at night.If you enjoy children's books with captivating illustrations, you will love this book.

Ginny Marie

Amelia and Eleanor combine forces to arrange in impromptu night flight during a formal dinner at the White House. The book does a wonderful job of explaining that independent women were not always allowed to do independent things when Amelia and Eleanor were alive. At the end of the story, Eleanor reciprocates on her magical flight with Amelia at the helm by taking Amelia for a drive in her new automobile. While Muñoz Ryan changed some facts to create this wonderful story, Amelia really did take Eleanor on a spontaneous night flight.At the end of the story, the author included the recipe for Eleanor Roosevelt's Angel Food Cake with Pink Clouds, an actual White House recipe. She also includes a historical photo taken of Amelia and Eleanor on the airplane during that night flight.


Fantastic story about Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt's friendship. Wonderful message about girls being able to do the things that were once thought of as strictly for men. Illustrations were gorgeous- very "Chris Van Allsburg-ish".

Stephanie Delvecchio

Summary: Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride was written by Pam Munoz Ryan and illustrated by Brian Selznick. Appropriate for children ages five through ten, this book describes an adventure taken by Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady, and Amelia Earhart, the pilot. Amelia was invited to go to the White House, where her and Eleanor begin their adventure. After eating dinner, Amelia takes Eleanor on a plane ride to Baltimore and back. Eleanor, sharing a love for independence and adventure with Amelia, thoroughly enjoyed this. Before ending the night, Eleanor takes Amelia for a joy ride in their new car. This book is based on a true story, and is a great book to add to a history lesson. It discusses how unusual it was for women to be pilots and to drive cars. These women were part of some of the first generations of women to really push for equality among men and women. In the "Author's Note," Ryan tells the real history behind this eventful night. She also mentions how both Amelia and Eleanor were great activists for women's rights. I really enjoyed this book. I can imagine using this book as a read-aloud for fun or for an introduction to a history lesson. This book was elected as an American Library Association Notable Book for Children (ALAN) and as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book by the National Council for the Social Studies in 2000. Themes: Women independence, determination, history, activists, civil rightsCurricular use: Read aloud, independent readingLevel: ages 5-10

Amy Rae

Brian Selznick's amazing illustrations accompany a charming incident in the lives of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. A wonderful way to start talking about two amazing women with elementary school children.

Sarah-Rae Bugayong

I remember reading this as a child in second grade, and I was delighted to see it was on the book list for primary readers. In all honesty, I haven't read since I was young. But as an adult I had a huge appreciation for the book. Ryan write an eloquent story of two very head strong women doing things that were out of the social norm of their time. I found the story inspiring due to the fact that two women were leaving a fancy dinner to go fly a plane and drive a car, still in there evening wear. I found that fact ironic, how they were doing "manly" things in elegant dresses and white gloves. I would read this book to help inspire young girls to go do what they want. Amelia and Elanor are two very prominent and inspiring women from the past, who can help young girls today to get their dreams out of the back door. If I do bring this into the classroom, I would also find a book for the boys in the class to enjoy as well. The illustrations were fabulous. I loved how everything looked like a black and white photo.


This would be a fantastic book to read if you were talking about different types of transportation. You could include who was thought to be able to fly planes or drive cars.This book brings together two different stories, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart of two strong women in history doing things they weren't expected to: driving cars or flying planes.I loved how they brought together the ladylike dressing for the party with the adventurous side of planes and cars. Shows you can still be a lady while doing these awesome things.Would be entertaining for both boys and girls because of the adventure and the planes.

NS Kelley

This is a fictional story about two famous historical figures, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt. The story is about the two women who meet up one night to have dinner. They decide to take a plane ride around Baltimore, despite what others think. Their independent outlook on life is what brings them together to help others see that the unthinkable can be done. Each women is independent in her own way and it is emphasized several times throughout the book. The book also gives a historical perspective on each woman and what they did for out country. What a wonderful story to help promote gender equality in children! I think this book would be best suitable for grades 2-5. I like how it gives the historical facts of each person while still having a high interest storyline. It is a great way to bring history into the early elementary grades. The illustrations were amazing and very appealing to the eye. They were all done in black in white but had wonderful detail. I think the black and white pictures help set the tone for the old fashioned time period


The story centers on a dinner at the white house where Amelia Earhart is Eleanor Roosevelt’s guest of honor. The story is based on the real friendship of the two extraordinary women, but is fictionalized. Ryan does a great job of capturing the adventurous spirit of the pair—through a night time flight over and a drive in Washington DC. Ryan discusses how the women both did more than what was expected of a woman at that time. The intricate black and white drawings help create the historical setting and portray Roosevelt and Earhart accurately. The back of the book provides a recipe from an old White House Cookbook for Eleanor Roosevelt’s Pink Clouds on Angel food Cake. There is also an extensive author’s note that describes Ryan’s research process and discusses what from the story is true.

Zach Naegele

In this book Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, long time friends, join for dinner at the White House. While enjoying their dinner they talk of the wonders of flying at night. Amelia and Eleanor decide to go for a flight around Washington to see the city at night. Amelia hops in the cockpit and flies the plane flawlessly around the city. When they return they are abuzz with the wonders they have seen. Next Eleanor hops in her new car with Amelia and they drive together on a straight away road with the wind blowing at their face. This true story shows how these women expressed their freedom and independence.

This wonderful book takes readers along on the glorious ride with Amelia and Eleanor, two very brave women. This book is inspiring to the young adventurers, explorers, and girls who want to grow up and make a difference. The details, excitement, and "can do" attitude in this book brings the story alive and inspires readers to do something greater. A great new look at two famous women in history and the courage they represent.

Emily Farnschlader

This book a ficitional book about Eleanor Roosevelt and Amerlia Earhart being friends. Eleanor was the First Lady or the United States and Amelia was famous for being the fist femail piolot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Amelia went to the White House to have dinner with Eleanor. After dinner, Eleanor went on a flight with Amelia in the dark then they took a drive in Eleanor's car. All throughout the story, people believe that because they are women they should not be able to do the things that they have done. This story talks about women doing what they want to do, not listening to the people that say they cannot. The message is that women can do anything that they put their mind to. These women did not listen to the men who were telling them that driving a plane or a car was for a man to do. This can be an introduction to a discussion about equality.


Another triumph for the team of Ryan-Selznick. Friends in real life, America's First Lady invited the "First Lady of the Air" to dinner at the White House in 1933. Eleanor, inspired by Amelia's descriptions of Washington viewed from her plane at night, accepts the pilot's offer of an after-dinner flight over the capital. Before dessert can be served, and over the protests of the Secret Service agents, the two are off to the airport and up in the sky, thrilling to the brilliance of the city below. The intimacy between the two women is palpable; especially in Selznick's illustrations. To the point where I may have discovered this as a coded lesbian story in my youth.


I noticed the illustrator included a sketch of Lorena Hickock in a frame with many other photos on the wall of a White House room on page ten. Hickock was a very close friend and perhaps lover to Eleanor Roosevelt. Nice attention to detail!

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