Tiny Jumper: How Tiny Broadwick Created the Parachute Rip Cord

by Candy Dahl (Author) Maithili Joshi (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
This thrilling biography tells the story of Tiny Broadwick, the first woman to ever parachute from a plane and the inventor of the parachute rip cord, and how her determination, courage, adventurousness, and joy in doing what she loved lifted her up to stand as tall as a pioneer in flight.

The crack of a pistol shattered the silence-
Tiny's signal to jump.
Her hands trembled as she cut her parachute away from the balloon.

Tiny Broadwick, a teeny, uneducated mill girl, had big dreams of soaring above the earth, out of poverty, and above expectations. She became the first woman to parachute from an airplane, and her idea for the rip cord paved the way for pilots to safely escape in-flight emergencies.

This thrilling biography shows how Tiny's determination, courage, adventurousness, and joy lifted her up to stand tall as a pioneer in flight.
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Horn Book Magazine

Dahl's fast-paced narrative is interspersed with quotes from her subject . . . and contemporaries, adding color and immediacy.

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Candy Dahl
Candy Dahl is a former teacher/librarian. She received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She loves discovering little known historical events and using them to launch her books. Her novel Emma and the Civil Warrior was one of three finalists for the Children's Book of the Year of the Southeastern Booksellers Association and for the Juvenile Fiction Book of the Independent Publishers Association. Candy lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, David, and their Aussie-doodle, Rocky.

Maithili Joshi is an illustrator and designer based in New York. She was born in Pune, India, and spent a brief few years of her childhood in the United Kingdom, where she was first introduced to the fascinating illustrations in children's books. She's been drawn to the art of bookmaking ever since and now makes her own. Find more of her work at maithiliart.com.
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Little Bee Books
Publication date
October 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JNF025210 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States/20th Century
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF051010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
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