A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some women are treated abusively for their beliefs and actions.
Violence & Scariness
Death and torture are mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the 12 heroines profiled here lived from ancient times to modern history and represent a variety of cultures and talents. They include Harriet Tubman and Sacagawea, as well as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Queen Elizabeth I, Madame Sun Yat-Sen, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, and Frida Kahlo.
Is It Any Good?
Some of the women throughout history who have challenged the status quo get their due in this uneven large-format book. Rebecca Hazell brings these women to life by sprinkling human-interest details throughout. The author is frank about the consequences of some of the heroines' actions and the outcomes, including physical abuse, imprisonment, and being burned alive, as well as the practice of buying, selling, and trading humans.
Hazell speculates about those whose deaths went unrecorded: "With so many skills," she writes, "perhaps Sacagawea could have escaped her husband, made her way back to her tribe, and lived to be a wise old woman. We will never know, any more than Sacagawea knew that she was making history." Fact boxes have inconsistently organized information linked to hard-to-locate numbers on an indistinct map. The watercolor drawings are suggestive but lack detail, and thus merely hint at the vigor of these women's lives.
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