Sadie is a member of a small crew of air mail pilots. The pilots' routes take them from Air Mail Headquarters to Chile, Peru, Argentina and other South American countries. One day, Sadie is assigned to deliver mail to the Knuckle Peak Weather Station which is at the summit of a steep mountain range.
In the years since my daughter's birth as I have sought books for her library collection, I have been extremely frustrated. While Princess books abound, it is difficult finding adventure picture books featuring female characters. Sadie the Air Mail Pilot is one of the few wonderful exceptions. On the flip side, you can't swing a stick without hitting an action-packed picture book featuring a male character. Thus, my boys have a large, wonderful collection. Take heed writers out there, I know many little girls who would love more thrilling picture books featuring - GIRLS!
While Sadie is a female tiger, do not let that prevent you from seeking out this book for little boys in your life. My own boys, even now at 6 and 4 years of age, still request that Sadie the Air Mail Pilot be read. My daughter, for whom I purchased the book in the first place, is only now at the right age to enjoy this great story. I recently shared it with her, and she was enthralled by the illustrations and pulls it out everyday. Kellie Strom's illustrations in Sadie the Air Mail Pilot are the most striking and unique that I have ever seen. There are so many details to study that even years later, we frequently find something new. I can predict that Sadie the Air Mail Pilot will continue to be one of the most oft requested books in the house for a few more years.
Unfortunately, Sadie the Air Mail Pilot is not part of the Chicago Public Library's collection. Even more upsetting, this wonderful book appears to be out of print. Luckily, used copies can be found online. I suggest you do so. Neither you nor the kids in your life, will be disappointed.