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Canadian commercial pilot, owner of a publishing company, mother of two and author of the Violet the Pilot childrenıs book series, Bettina Bathe has a talent and energy for todayıs youth. I think this aviation adventure fiction series is appropriate for children aged between three and eight years old.

Her childrenıs book series focus during one season in one country at a time, though the adventures in each book are widely different and involve a various aircraft. Starting in Canada, Bettinaıs main character takes three passengers in a floatplane for a camping/fishing trip during the spring. Her second book has Violet the Pilot taking two young French passengers on a hot-air balloon ride to a site where the pair can start a bike tour adventure and enjoy fallıs beautiful colors. Bettinaıs third book in the series is centered on the Hawaiian Islands during the summer season, where two young passengers desire a scenic tour of the islands in Violetıs helicopter. In this book, there is an unexpected adventure when the three were called upon to rescue a stranded baby whale.

These books could be considered educational tools as the illustrator, Barbara Fortin, incorporates well-designed scenery depicting the countryside, wildlife, clothing and food that are found in each country. Bettina uses educational information about aviation and the various aircraft that are used in her books. The use of maps and other interesting images including each countryıs flag ­ will certainly give the reader tools for further interaction with the children.

Clearly, Bettinaıs series of childrenıs books are designed to not only educate children about their world and the various aircraft technology, but are also written with the intention to inspire aviation dreams in young girls. The authorıs website (www.violetthepilot.com) offers ongoing contests and awards for readers.

~ Book Reviewer: Lillian Brummet - Co-author of the book Trash Talk, a guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment ­ Author of Towards Understanding, a collection of poetry. (http://www.sunshinecable.com/~drumit)