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Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Lively, inspiring bio of America's first female doctor.

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This is an entertaining biographical snapshot that shows that discriminatory barriers are made to be broken. This lively, entertaining, inspirational picture book sweeps the reader up and swiftly moves along, showing a tough little girl who grows up to be a lovely young lady who will not be cowed by anyone and proves she's as smart, capable, and dedicated as any man. Marjorie Priceman's colorful illustrations have humor and momentum, contrasting the many No, No, No's on one spread with the thrilling YES on the following one, where Elizabeth packs her bags for Geneva Medical School in upstate New York. Even kindergartners will easily understand her great, historic achievement as they enjoy the cartoon-like images of girls and young women in 19th century long dresses and bonnets. A perfect choice for Women's History Month or for encouraging girls to study science.

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