About the Book
The amazing life story of Lilian Bland, the first woman ever to design, build, and fly her own airplane, beautifully illustrated to inspire young readers.
Ever since she was a little girl, Lilian Bland (1878–1971) wanted to fly. She loved to watch black gulls soaring through the sky near her England home, and she was fascinated by the mechanics of flight. However, airplanes were still very new when she was growing up, and those who did fly were usually men. Lilian would not give up. When she could not find anyone to teach her to fly, she took matters into her own hands. She designed and built her own plane, and after many tries, she finally got it to fly. This delightful picture book celebrates the life of Lilian Bland, remembered both in England and in her adopted home of Quatsino Sound, on Vancouver Island, for her many achievements—especially her ground-breaking achievements in aviation. Told with beautiful illustrations and a clear, inspiring narrative, Lilian’s story of adventure and creativity is sure to enchant young readers.
About the Author(s)
Haley Healey is a high school counsellor, registered clinical counsellor, and the bestselling author of On Their Own Terms: True Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island, Flourishing and Free: More Stories of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island, and Her Courage Rises: 50 Trailblazing Women of British Columbia and the Yukon. A self-proclaimed trailblazing woman herself, she has taught in isolated fly-in communities, guided whitewater canoe expeditions, and plays the violin. She has an avid interest in wild places and unconventional people
Kimiko Fraser is an illustrator and
historian-in-training. She grew up constantly making—drawing, painting,
knitting, sculpting, bookbinding, etc.—and has never learned how to stop. She
is the illustrator of Her Courage Rises: 50 Trailblazing Women of
British Columbia and the Yukon. She holds a bachelor of arts
(honours History, major Visual Arts) from the University of Victoria. She
works with many mediums to create her illustrations, including watercolour,
digital, ink, and tea. Most of her work is inspired by her interest in
plants, history, and folktales.
“Haley Healey's latest book introduces readers to an incredibly brave, multi-talented woman who should be much better known. Lilian Bland’s story will encourage and inspire kids — and adults — to follow their dreams, just as she did.”
—Elizabeth MacLeod, author of Meet Elsie MacGill and Meet Buffy Sainte-Marie
“Lilian Bland led a fascinating life that was anything but bland. A new challenge was what she loved best, and she wouldn’t let anything hold her back. Here is a fascinating introduction to her inspiring story.”
—Hugh Brewster, author of Unsinkable Lucile: How A Farm Girl Became The Queen of Fashion And Survived The Titanic
“As a mother with an eldest daughter who is a commercial pilot, I was delighted to learn about the life of Lillian Bland (the first woman to design, build, and fly her own plane) in the pages of this informative biography of this Canadian pioneer aviator!”
—Susan Hughes, Toronto-based author of many children’s books, editor, writer, and story coach