You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen

Award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford’s innovative history in verse celebrates the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: pioneering African-American pilots who triumphed in the skies and past the color barrier.

I WANT YOU! says the poster of Uncle Sam. But if you’re a young black man in 1940, he doesn’t want you in the cockpit of a war plane. Yet you are determined not to let that stop your dream of flying.

So when you hear of a civilian pilot training program at Tuskegee Institute, you leap at the chance. Soon you are learning engineering and mechanics, how to communicate in code, how to read a map. At last the day you’ve longed for is here: you are flying!

From training days in Alabama to combat on the front lines in Europe, this is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the groundbreaking African-American pilots of World War II. In vibrant second-person poems, Carole Boston Weatherford teams up for the first time with her son, artist Jeffery Weatherford, in a powerful and inspiring book that allows readers to fly, too.

Title:You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen
ISBN:9781481449380
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    You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen Reviews

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    Yes, they did, and with distinction! Weatherford tells the history of the Tuskegee Airmen in a series of poems that are told in the second person point-of-view, as if you, the reader, are the onlooker...

  • Alex  Baugh

    What is it like to be a black man and to want something so badly you are willing to put up with racial discrimination, willing to buck the system and prove those who think you lack the intelligence to...

  • Jill

    I'm not a huge fan of blank verse, but the subject matter of this book (the Tuskegee Airmen) pulled me in. I thought it was really interesting how Weatherford managed to include statistics in her poet...

  • Beth Anne

    Read aloud to Emma and Will. I picked this up expecting to read 4 or 5 of the short selections and we ended up reading the entire book in one day over the course of two sittings. As free verse novels ...

  • Melinda Bender

    Interesting story about an African-American Air Force squadron during WWII and how they were so proud to fly for the United States despite the racial inequalities that they were facing at home during ...

  • Jennifer Mangler

    This is a quick, powerful read about an important part of our history too few people know about. This book would be a very accessible introduction to the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. ...

  • Lilla

    Great little verse novel that packs a powerful punch. I'd love to see this in the hands of more of our kids. It's an important story to tell, and I love the illustrations that accompany the poetry. ...

  • Angel Durant

    The book is good i liked how it put you as a one of the airmen and how it is a quick read and you could read it in maybe 2 or even 1 day...

  • Bridget F

    You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen starts out at the Tuskegee Institute where they are giving African American males the chance to prove themselves as pilots. Weatherford wrote this book in the second p...

  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    Gentle yet stirring, Weatherford’s 40-plus free-verse poems create a composite portrait of the first African-American military pilots, trained at the Tuskegee Institute before fighting on the front ...