A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lots of information about the women profiled and the times in which they lived. Abolitionist, suffragist, labor, civil rights, women's rights, and anti-war movements are touched on. Helps kids understand the progress women have made. Explanation of what "rad" and "radical" mean.
You can make a difference, even though you're only one person. Anything is possible. Women can and do make history. Even women whose stories we don't know may be heroes for doing something as simple (or hard) as supporting their families. A list at the back of the book suggests "26 Things That You Can Do to Be Rad," such as "Dare to be the only one," "Give more than you take," "Inspire others," and "Stand up for what you believe, and for people who can't stand up for themselves."
Violence & Scariness
Mention that the Ku Klux Klan "bombed the homes of black families." Reference to the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago that "turned violent."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kate Schatz's Rad American Women A-Z profiles game-changing, mold-breaking women from the 18th century to the present -- one for every letter of the alphabet (except X, which represents the untold stories of women from the past and those yet to come). The eclectic choices range from the well known, such as comedian Carol Burnett, tennis great Billie Jean King, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, to the more obscure, such as Wilma Mankiller, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, and transgender author/artist Kate Bornstein. The diverse capsule biographies are lively and succinct, the illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl dynamic and graphically bold. It's an inspiring, accessible collection that adds to kids' understanding of American history.
Is It Any Good?
Besides the dazzling visual presentation, what also makes Rad American Women A-Z special is the fresh selection of women profiled. It's not a fusty, dusty history book. There are women from a wide variety of fields, from sports and entertainment to politics, literature, science, law, medicine, and more -- and many of them are still living.
With striking art and lively, engaging storytelling, Rad American Women A-Z is both inspiring and accessible. Kids may be moved to positive action in their own communities by the list at the back titled "26 Things That You Can Do to Be Rad." A great choice for the home library or classroom.
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