Betty Greene

The Girl Who Longed to Fly

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Inspiring children's Christian biography of Betty Greene, whose dream to fly and to be a missionary came true.

Part of the Do Great Things For God series.

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Description

Betty Greene (1920-1997) wanted to learn to fly from the age of 7. And with some money given to her by her uncle, that's exactly what she did.

When World War II started, Betty used her skills to serve with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (also known as WASPs). She even became part of a research project that sent pilots way up high, through the stratosphere!

Once the war had ended, she brought her passion for flying and her passion for the Lord Jesus together, and helped to set up a mission which is known today as the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).

Throughout her life, Betty made over 4,640 flights and served in 12 countries, landing in around 20 more.

Children will enjoy this beautifully illustrated children's biography, which can be read to young children aged 4-5 and read by children aged 6 plus.

Part of the new Do Great Things For God series. By exploring the lives of inspiring Christian women, this series will enthuse young children about the great things they can do for God.

Product details

Contents

  • Betty Greene: Illustrated Biography
  • Further notes about Betty for adults and older children

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Specification

Age range: 4 - 8
Author Laura Wickham, Héloïse Mab
ISBN 9781784986544
Format Hardback
First published September 2021
Dimensions 195mm x 240mm x 7.2mm
Language English
Pages 24
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

Megan Hill

Editor, The Godpel Coalition; mother of four

Every child in the world loves to look up at passing airplanes and marvel at the wonder of air travel. After reading Betty Greene, young imaginations will look to the skies with gospel possibilities in mind. I hope this book inspires a generation of kids who don't merely want to be pilots but who want to be pilots (or truck drivers or train engineers) for the glory of Christ and the cause of his eternal kingdom.

Barbara Reaoch

Author, A Jesus Christmas and A Better Than Anything Christmas

Laura Caputo-Wickham captures timeless truths from Betty Greene’s life. Captivate even the youngest child with the story of her life!

Linda Allcock

London Women's Convention; author, Head, Hearts, Hands, and Deeper Still

Courageous, entrepreneurial and bold enough to break through numerous glass ceilings, Betty Greene's passion for the Lord trumped all other barriers to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. She is a truly inspirational role model to us all.

Customer reviews


11/09/2021

“Glad I read it”

What I like about the book:

This biography is of a person whose desire was to become a pilot like her brother.
Is shares her story, flying as a woman in World War 2, helping train pilots, and then becoming the first MAF (Missionary) pilot.
The illustrations are well done with facial expressions that enhance the biography, engage the reader, and bring it to life.
I like that this explanation of her life shares that she was brave, calm in stress, and relied on God.
I liked meeting a new historical figure who lived as the exception for a woman in her lifetime.
I like the integration in an authentic way of her trust in God, as well as the recognition she got to combine her favorite things flying and love of God.
I liked the connection that I got after reading Corrie ten Boom, Betsey Stockton, now Betty Greene and knowing that this is a series of stories of women for young children seeing how women have served God in unique ways.
What I wonder about the book:
The author English spelling for practice which is practise, so my only concern is that a teacher or parent notices the change and comments that it is still spelled correctly, to our American children.


01/09/2021

“Celebrates Greene's Adventurous Spirit”

When I was a kid, Betty Greene was one of my favorite historic Christian missionaries, because I thought that aviation was fascinating and admired her adventurous life. As soon as I learned that this book would be coming out, I was excited to read it, and I really enjoyed it. This picture book biography covers essential details from her life history, gives a glimpse into her work as a WASP pilot during World War II, and shares details from her missions work with the organization now known as Mission Aviation Fellowship. The text from Laura Caputo-Wickham is very simple, expressive, and easy to read, and Héloïse Mab's illustrations help tell the story by vividly picturing scenes from Greene's life.

"Betty Greene: The Girl Who Longed to Fly" celebrates how Greene was able to serve God by doing what she loved, and even though the book doesn't state this explicitly, it also conveys the value of women being willing and encouraged to take risks and do daring things. The book honors Greene's courage and level-headed approach to frightening events in the air, and the timeline in the back includes additional details about her boundary-breaking accomplishments as a female pilot.

This new installment in the Do Great Things for God series is a great option for Christian families, churches, and Christian schools. The book educates kids about the impact of aviation, ties in with world events related to World War II, and emphasizes Greene's courage, adventurous spirit, and joy in serving God through the activity she loved best. I greatly enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it. This can be a family read-aloud or an independent read, and even though it includes some brief scenes of peril, is appropriate for even very young children.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


05/08/2021

“Wonderful”

I always love children's books and books that tell real life stories of those who have impacted the world with the Gospel.

This is a wonderful addition to the Do Great Things for God series. The story of Betty Green is an inspiring story and Caputo-Wickham writes it so well. She keeps it light and understandable for young children but also stays true to Greene's life story.

The illustrations are wonderful as well. They do a great job of assisting in the story telling. The details within the illustrations are minimal but I think the simplicity gives way for more imagination within the story.

The book ends with a timeline recounting the major accomplishments within Green's life. It also concludes with an authentic photo of Green and a scripture reference.

I appreciate the author including the Gospel within Greene's story and her willingness, eagerness, and boldness to share that Gospel with others.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

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