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Summary: Meet some incredible women. Learn how they dedicated their talent; expended their effort; sacrificed their comfort and ease; and made a life-long commitment to make a positive contribution to life in America. The book includes descriptions of the women, as well as pictures, timelines, maps, a trivia quiz, and an index to reinforce as well as present the information in a unique way. This is a compilation of biographies.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Young Reader Reaction: The text is informative, laid out in an organized format, and written in language that is easy for young adults to understand. This book has a very inspiring theme: women are just as capable and powerful as men. This book helps people of modern societies not only appreciate the contributions made by women but also appreciate what they have helped bring to our lives today, such as the right to vote, the arts, color equality, and so on. It also helps us gain more knowledge of our history. This book is geared mostly toward young adults of 9 to 13, and would be valuable in classrooms as well as at home. Deborah Felder has masterfully combined knowledge and inspiration into this book.
Adult Reader Reaction: The selection of the heroines is all-inclusive, be they politicians, artists, doctors, scientists, astronauts, athletes, journalists or poets, all fields of human endeavor are represented.
Pros: The sketches are informative, descriptive, and to the point. It is a handy quick-reference book.
Cons: There are no literary shortcomings in this book. However, for the reader who might want to learn more about one or other of the heroines, a source for more information would have been helpful.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! Put a copy in your 10-year-old's Christmas stocking. And make sure there are 2 or 3 copies at your child's middle school.
Educational Themes: The sketches of prominent women and their success in life can be used in a myriad of ways in the classroom, Sunday school, athletic field, counselor’s office to help build the self-esteem and confidence of pre-adolescent and adolescent girls.