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Author: Traci Sorell
Series Order: Standalone
Illustrator: Natasha Donovan
Genre: Picture Book, Nonfiction
Release Date: March 2021
Classified is a non-fiction picture book about Cherokee aerospace engineer Mary Golda Ross, Lockheed’s first female engineer who helped pave the way for others. She worked on several notable project over the course of her career. But this book goes beyond her career and introduces readers to her life and the Cherokee values instilled within her—like humility, working with others, and education.
Charming illustrations offer additional insights and convey a classic time period feel. I loved seeing the different plans and the graphs incorporated into the pictures.
I also loved that Classified offers more than a typical biography written for children. The way the Cherokee values are incorporated into the the story, readers gain sense of how these values influenced and enhanced Mary Golda Ross’s life. There is so much packed into this 32-page picture book—between the story itself and the supplemental information at the end. Classified would be a wonderful addition to any home or classroom library.
Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation’s first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work.
Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross’s journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. In addition, the narrative highlights Cherokee values including education, working cooperatively, remaining humble, and helping ensure equal opportunity and education for all.
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