A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Detailed biography of the Supreme Court justice, plus lots of U.S. history and information about diabetes.
Hard work, perseverance, and focus are important. Do the right thing, and work toward fairness for everyone. Don't let hardship stand in the way of your dreams.
Positive Role Models
Sonia Sotomayor worked to overcome her biggest fears and challenges, and works to give everyone a fair chance.
Chapter titles in Spanish highlight the focus on Sotomayor's Latinx heritage and family, and her culture plays a large part in her professional background.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor, by Meg Medina and Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, is a fact-packed biography that highlights the hard work by America's first Latina Supreme Court justice to overcome fear and obstacles in pursuit of her dreams. The chapter headings are in Spanish and are left untranslated, which is a nice nod to the large Puerto Rican community she was surrounded by in her early life. There's a lot of historical information here about the courts, and Sotomayor's childhood diabetes diagnosis. Readers see that she's stunningly self-motivated, tackling head-on the things she saw as weaknesses, such as public speaking. At the end of the book there's a list of ways to persist, with lots of variety so people with many different strengths can be active citizens.
Is It Any Good?
Hard work, perseverance, and a deep commitment to fairness are all front and center in this informative, fascinating biography of America's first Latina Supreme Court justice. She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor has a long focus on her early life, the struggles she faced, and the difficult moments that changed the course of her life. Authors Meg Medina and Chelsea Clinton don’t shy away from the details of Sotomayor's family struggles, which offers young readers a chance to see their own imperfect lives as a work in progress, and a step on the way to great things for themselves. The information about diabetes is helpful, and the list of ways to persist is both varied and practical.
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