Amelia to Zora: Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World

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by Cynthia Chin-Lee, Megan Halsey, Sean Addy
     
 

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Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women's lives.  See more details below

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Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women's lives.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-An introduction to 26 diverse, 20th-century women who have made a difference in such varied fields as the arts, sports, journalism, science, and entertainment. The entries include Dolores Huerta, Frida Kahlo, Lena Horne, Maya Lin, and Patricia Schroeder. Determination, imagination, perseverance, and strength are what bind them together. Entries are arranged alphabetically by first name; each woman is featured on a full page that includes a two-paragraph introduction, a quote, and striking mixed-media art that illustrates the essence of the person. There is sophistication in both the quotes and in the art, encouraging repeated readings. The nuggets of information should inspire readers and leave them with a thirst to know more about these women. Kathleen Krull's Lives of Extraordinary Women (Harcourt, 2000) takes a more detailed, humorous look at 20 women (both books include Wilma Mankiller); Lynne Cheney's A Is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women (S & S, 2003) is more limited in scope.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With spirited language and marvelous collages, an abecedarium of contemporary women takes flight. Chin-Lee doesn't attempt, in her single page of text, to do anything but evoke the lives of her subjects, but she does that powerfully. For each woman, she tells an anecdote or illuminates a single action rather than summarize an entire life. Each page also includes a quotation from her subject. By using their given names instead of their family names, she not only personalizes her approach, but also creates an intimacy between these women and their readers. D is for Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers; G is for Grace Hopper, who helped create COBOL and popularized the term "bug" for computer errors; O is for Oprah; U is for Ursula Le Guin, writer and activist. The collages use everything from cloth, photographs, pen-and-ink drawings, found objects and dried flowers to make images that invite repeated examination. Many of these women are still alive and working; the earliest birth date is Helen Keller's in 1880. An inspiration and a delight. (bibliography, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570915222
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Chin-Lee was born and raised in Washington, D.C., in a family with four older siblings. Her father is a medical doctor and her mother an artist. Cynthia picked up a pen and began writing for fun when she was in the sixth grade. "I liked writing poetry and scribbling in my journal because I found it comforting and therapeutic. I still write for that reason and because I like playing with words." Cynthia has written several books for children and lives in California.

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Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Cynthia Chin-Lee has collected twenty-six inspiring stories of women from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, eras in history, and talents to create a moving message of the ability of ordinary women to make an extraordinary impact on our world. Chin-Lee selects a woman for each letter of the alphabet and includes a brief biographical description and a powerful quote from each. Some of the women are very well-known, while others are not as famous, yet just as inspiring. The book is beautifully illustrated with unique collages that reflect each woman's photgraph and special contribution to history. This book would be a wonderful book to share with young girls when encouraging them to think about their own special gifts, talents, and dreams and the potential they too have to change the world around them.
Henry_Berry More than 1 year ago
There's the familiar, expected, notable women--the flier Amelia Earhart, the black author Zora Neale Hurston, the artist Frida Kahlo, the philanthropist Eleanor Roosevelt. But there's also a number of accomplished lesser-known women and ones who have achieved recognition in recent years who are not yet seen as regulars in the circle of historically significant women. Thus, one finds the architect Maya Lin and the figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. Outstanding women from diverse ethnic backgrounds and active in diverse fields, from labor unions to science to entertainment, are included in the twenty-six for each letter of the alphabet. Each woman is pictured in a collage-like illustration with objects representing what she is recognized for.