Talkin’ About Bessie – The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

Author: Nikki Grimes
Illustrator: E.B. Lewis
Publisher: Orchard Books
Publication Date: 2002
Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor and Winner Award
Genre: Historical Fiction
Audience: Gr. 3+

Overview: The book is comprised of twenty some eulogies, that are fictionalized perspectives based on actual people in Elizabeth Coleman’s life. Each page contains a description of a different time or event throughout her years.

Activity: Students could pick a person that they view as a role model, a relative, or just a friend, and write a short response about that person’s life and what they admire about them so far.

Reviewer’s Name:
Natalie Eder