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She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Inspiring tales of great women who followed their dreams.

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This book features short bios of 13 inspiring and impressively accomplished women from across the globe, many refreshingly new to American readers. The women in She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History are diverse, representing different races and countries. One used a wheelchair, as does a young girl pictured. The formula for each is that the woman has a dream, others stand in her way, but she persists. Each person is covered in one paragraph, which doesn't always feel long enough to introduce new figures from cultures that may be unfamiliar, and readers may latch onto small human details to help the stories stick to the ribs. In the first bio, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz of Mexico wanted to disguise herself as a boy so she could go to university. And soccer star Sisleide "Sissi" Lima do Amor grew up in Brazil when it was against the law for girls to play soccer.

The art by Alexandra Boiger contributes significant warmth and charm. Boiger sometimes pairs her portraits with illustrations of the women when they were young, helping to humanize them. The opening pages show girls at what appears to be a library where the bookshelves are crammed with books by and about the women, including ones from the first book. The message is trumpeted clearly: "They persisted, and so should you."

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