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Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Stories of strong women to inspire tween politic.

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Catherine Thimmesh writes books in the hope that she will inspire girls toward leadership roles, in this case in the world of politics -- and this book certainly succeeds. The long-legged stride and beaming smile of the young girl on the cover, as she marches toward the White House with her presidential binder tucked under her arm, is a perfect image for the spirit of this book, which is optimistic and promising as well as being informative and entertaining.

Written in language that is fairly sophisticated, short two-four page sketches of 23 politically astute women are divided into six sections according to the kind of role each has played. Each short biography emphasizes a specific accomplishment, includes a poignant quotation, and is illustrated by a clever caricature. The six sections are nested in the outer story, which is the story of the girl as she deals with the suggestions of her family and friends. Taken together, and illustrated with remarkably expressive artwork, both strands join to make this an engaging, and inspirational book.

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