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All By Herself
     

All By Herself

by Ann Whitford Paul, Michael Steirnagle (Illustrator)
 

Amelia Earhart, Golda Meir, Pocahontas, Rachel Carson, Wanda Gág, Wilma Rudolph, and other determined young women—both famous and less familiar—took risks and made sacrifices to do brave things. Each of these inspiring poems proves that every girl, no matter who she is or where she lives, is capable of making a difference.

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Amelia Earhart, Golda Meir, Pocahontas, Rachel Carson, Wanda Gág, Wilma Rudolph, and other determined young women—both famous and less familiar—took risks and made sacrifices to do brave things. Each of these inspiring poems proves that every girl, no matter who she is or where she lives, is capable of making a difference.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Paul (The Seasons Sewn) surfs through history, emerging with an assortment of 14 plucky young heroines--some famous, some not--to commemorate in verse. In "Ida Lewis," one of the strongest poems, the poet's use of repetition and rhythm mimics the pounding of the waves from which the 16-year-old daughter of a lighthouse keeper single-handedly rescues four men whose boat has capsized. Other poems highlight such galvanizing girlhood incidents as Amelia Earhart rocketing off the toolshed roof in a homemade roller coaster she fashioned from a wooden crate; more contemplative poems reflect cerebral heroines such as nature writer Rachel Carson and educator/activist Mary Jane McLeod (later Bethune). From Wilma Rudolph, who discarded a painful leg brace and went on to win three gold medals at the 1960 Olympics, to fourth-grader Golda Mabovitch (later known as Golda Meir), who encouraged her classmates to donate money for books for poor children, the poems describe telling moments from these inspiring lives. A few poems may be difficult to decode without a context, but an afterword fleshes out the historical details. Paul keeps the flow lively by employing a range of poetic styles, including free verse and rhyming couplets, while the broad, energetic brush strokes and intense hues of Steirnagle's (Billy Lazroe and the King of the Sea) oil portraits reflect the fierce determination of his subjects. An intriguing hybrid of history, poetry and art, this book may well prod readers to find out more about these strong role models. Ages 6-9. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This collection of poems celebrates "14 girls who made a difference." Each poem is accompanied by a dramatic oil painting and centers upon a youthful incident. In many of the poems the girls' endeavors foreshadow their accomplishments as women. The poem titled "Amelia Earhart" tells of the roller coaster she and her sister built when they were children. When Amelia tried the ride, the roller coaster fell apart and she was thrown, but she jumped right up and exuberantly cried, "It's just like flying!" The poem about Golda Mabovitch details how she raised money for books to be given to children who could not afford to buy them. Golda, later known as Golda Meir, raised funds for Israel and in 1969 became the Israeli Prime Minister. Included are poems about Sacajawea, Rachel Carson and Wilma Rudolph who overcame illness to become the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics. Short biographical sketches of all the girls appear in the back of the book and the fascinating stories may pique a student's interest in reading more about their exploits. 1999, Browndeer Press/Harcourt Brace & Company, Ages 9 to 11, $24.26 and $17.00. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This handsome gallery of girls features 14 episodes of heroism conveyed in poetry and oil paintings. Ida Lewis's daring rescue of men foundering in a stormy sea and Wanda G g's late night drawing of greeting cards to support her impoverished family are among the brave ventures, each set on double-spread view. Some of the subjects-Sacajawea, Amelia Earhart, Pocahontas-are nearly legendary. Others are well known-Maria Mitchell, Wilma Rudolph, Rachel Carson. Harriet Hanson of the Lowell Mills and Frances Ward of the Westward Movement are less widely recognized though certainly heroic in their time. "Jabbed by splinters, ripped by nails,/she crawled along the planks-across a span, five hundred feet" is a partial description of Kate Shelley's dramatic rescue of two men after a train crash. Nearly a page each in length, the narrative verses are uneven in rhyme, meter, and vitality. The broadly sketched paintings vividly render key moments of each girl's story, whether it's of bold action or more subdued, personal achievement. Concluding notes, titled "About the Girls," offer a short picture glossary with portraits and brief accounts of the major adult accomplishments of each young woman. Teachers and librarians will find many opportunities here for making connections with other books, introducing curriculum units, or sparking discussion.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152014773
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.59(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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