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From the first time she saw the Wright Flyers airplanes, Katherine Stinson knew she wanted to become a pilot. But she had trouble finding someone to teach her how to fly because everyone told her she was too young and too small. Finally, when she found a pilot willing to train her, she not only excelled as a solo flyer, but she also became the fourth American woman licensed to fly.
Earning the nickname “the Flying Schoolgirl,” Katherine performed at exhibitions in California, sets distance records, flew in Japan, China, and Canada, and later opened a flying school in San Antonio, Texas. Even when the U.S. Army would not allow her to fly in Europe, she used her exhibition skills to raise over two million dollars for the Red Cross. Throughout her life, Katherine Stinson Otero’s high morals and high spirits always prevailed, as she was never one to take no for an answer. Her adventurous spirit lives on in the many schools, airplanes, and monuments named after her and she remains an inspiration to us all.
About the Author
An accomplished author, video writer, and producer, Neila Skinner Petrick has won national and regional awards for her work, including the silver medal at the New York Film & Video Festival, the Associated Press Managing Editors Award for writing, and two Matrix awards. Petrick received her bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Texas in Dallas. She lives in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, Tom.
About the Illustrator
Daggi Wallace is a self-taught artist and illustrator. Her art work has appeared in Pockets, Pastel Artist International, and International Artist magazines and is included in many private collections and art exhibitions. Daggi lives with her two daughters in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches art workshops and gives painting demonstrations.
KATHERINE STINSON OTERO
By Neila Skinner Petrick
Illustrated by Daggi Wallace
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
31 color illus.