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Bridget "biddy" Mason
ISBN: 9780756510015
Author: Williams, Jean Kinney
Publisher: Compass Point Books
Published: August 2005
Retail: $35.32    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Covering important figures throughout the ages, these lively books are filled with engaging text based on primary sources and through research. The full-color images, historical photos and paintings, and detailed maps add to the books' appeal. Each book includes fascinating sidebars, the subject's life at a glance, a parallel timeline of the subject's life and world events, source notes, glossary, suggestions for further reading, and pertinent Web sites and places to visit.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.25" L x 0.50" W
Bargain Category: Non-Fiction, Middle School, Chapter Books, Biographies
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 February)

Gr 5-7 -These titles introduce women who helped shape the nation. While they focus on the individuals, they occasionally oversimplify information. For example, Williams states that when Mason traveled with the Mormons and came across Native Americans, "The encounters were usually pleasant, and Mormon Trail diaries tell of friendly trading.…" The successes of the lone individual are often emphasized and pinpointed as a moment that started to influence all of history. In Warren , the woman’s brother is given credit for planting "the seed of patriotism in America" and beginning the fight for freedom when he openly opposed British rule in the courtroom. Terms are not well defined within the texts or do not appear in the glossary. The time lines of each woman’s life are attached to a chronology of world events at the end of the book. The juxtaposition of Mason moving to California in 1851 with postage stamps being widely used in 1852 fails to elicit a connection. The only electronic link mentioned is FactHound, which "will find the best Web sites for you." While it lists eight sites for each book, they aren’t necessarily "the best" and don’t empower readers to locate information on their own.-Kelly Czarnecki, Bloomington Public Library, IL

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