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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 15, 2022
This year I've read several children's books based on true stories of women who have done great things but, may have not gotten the recognition they deserved.
In this book Beatrice Schilling was a British woman whose mechanical expertise set her apart from her peers. She was able to convince the Royal Aircraft Establishment to let her prove her abilities by solving a fighter plane engine fuel issue during World War II. Her early interest in anything mechanical and her quick ability to learn and try new things enabled her to attend and study engineering at the university and build confidence and hone her skills.
As a grandmother to (3) young girls, I love books that encourage young girls to try new things and to foster an interest in technology and the sciences. Thins is the type of story that builds confidence and lets young girls see that they too can pursue their dreams if they just persist. This book has terrific illustrations and a great story. It is the type of book that would make a great addition to school and public libraries or personal collections.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 28, 2022
This entertaining picture book biography combines humorous illustrations with engrossing text to share the life of a noteworthy female engineer. From an early age, Beatrice Shilling realized she was not like other people. As a child, she preferred tools to candy. As she got older, she won motorcycle races and excelled in her career as an engineer. Most importantly, her brilliant mind was able to think dynamically about a problem that was causing British fighter pilots to crash. She created a cost-effective revolutionary apparatus that was able to prevent plane engines from flooding when the pilots dove during aerial dog fights. Her contributions to the war effort were critical and an author’s note further describes her other impressive accomplishments.