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She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World
Contributor(s): Clinton, Chelsea, Boiger, Alexandra (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1524741728     ISBN-13: 9781524741723
Publisher: Philomel Books
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: May 2017

Annotation: "A nonfiction picture book compilation of the stories of 13 American women who persisted in overcoming obstacles and changing the world"--Provided by publisher.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Women; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Women; United States; History; Juvenile literature.
Women political activists; United States; History; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Girls & Women
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History
Dewey: 920.72
LCCN: 2017026184
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 9.50" W x 0.50" (0.84 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 190666
Reading Level: 6.0   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Chelsea Clinton is the author of It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives including those that help to empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their daughter, Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog, Soren. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chelseaclinton.

Alexandra Boiger has illustrated nearly twenty picture books, including the popular Tallulah series by Marilyn Singer and the Max and Marla books, which she also wrote. Originally from Munich, Germany, she now lives outside of San Francisco, California, with her husband, Andrea, daughter, Vanessa, and two cats, Luiso and Winter. You can visit Alexandra Boiger online at alexandraboiger.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Clinton directly addresses young girls, seeking to inspire them with the achievements of thirteen notable women in U.S. history. From familiar subjects (Harriet Tubman) to relatively unknown individuals (Virginia Apgar), each woman--despite discouragement--made a major contribution because "she persisted." Watercolor and ink illustrations denote time and place; a quote by each woman is included. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Mitch McConnell's dismissal of Elizabeth Warren during a Senate confirmation hearing immediately became a feminist rallying cry. Clinton (It's Your World) and Boiger (Max and Marla) further transform it into a lovely, moving work of children's literature that might even win over those cynical about celebrity efforts in that space. Clinton succinctly summarizes the lives of women who "did not take no for an answer"; each story reiterates "she persisted" in bold type and is paired with an inspiring quote. Familiar figures (Helen Keller, Sally Ride) join ones who may be new to some readers, like union activist Clara Lemlich and Claudette Colvin, the teenager whose courageous decision to keep her seat on a Montgomery bus helped "inspire Rosa Parks to make the same choice nine months later." Boiger's celebratory watercolors effortlessly mix drama and playfulness: a luminous Harriet Tubman guides escaped slaves to freedom; a few pages later, babies beatifically float around Virginia Apgar as she examines an infant. Clinton's mother isn't profiled, but readers will spot her portrait in a gallery scene that opens this polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women. Ages 4–8. (May)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

K-Gr 3—In this brief but elegant introduction to 13 women who "persisted"—such as Harriet Tubman, Nellie Bly, and Sonia Sotomayor—the author details the many ways that women have refused to take no for an answer. Instead, they rigorously pursued lofty, inspiring, and purposeful aims for the betterment of themselves and others. Readers see that working toward a far-reaching objective is a virtue. Rather than offering a more in-depth history of any single figure, this book explains the meaning of persistence and places it in a positive light. The artwork depicts a museum gallery with students looking at portraits of the 13 women, including one of Hillary Clinton wearing a red pantsuit, though she is not mentioned in the text. After a brief introduction, the format is largely consistent, with a paragraph about each subject's goal, a quote by her that exemplifies her persistence, and an illustration. As Florence Griffith Joyner said, "When anyone tells me I can't do anything…I'm just not listening anymore." VERDICT Use as a read-aloud to promote discussion, raise questions for research, and share related experiences. And since the book is dedicated to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a current connection could be made, too.—Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
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