Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
I am always thrilled when I can review a book from "The Graphic Library" series, as they are perfect for both boys and girls who want to learn in an interesting way. What child does not like learning from a book that is in graphic style? This particular book is part of the "Graphic Biographies" series. Biographies can often motivate readers to understand that anyone, from any background, can reach their goals and dreams. This book is no different. Bessie Coleman, who was from a poor black family in Texas. dreamed about one day attending college. Her dream came true; however, it was short lived because a poor cotton crop diminished the money. She never gave up, and after reading a paper about Harriet Quimby, America's first woman pilot, she knew she could not give up. Bessie ultimately became America's first black woman to earn a pilot's license. She gave lectures all over the South and is quoted as saying, "the air is the only place free from prejudice." The graphic format is a favorite of mine as it offers high-interest nonfiction novels. It amazes me how much information is given to the reader in just 32 pages. This book would be perfect in a classroom or school library. It also lends itself to the science and social studies classroom libraries. Graphic format makes it perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own or for young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. The author inserts a box on most pages that includes narration, giving extra facts to the reader to help with comprehension. Vocabulary has been well selected, and this book is an excellentresource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or a full research project. At the end of the book, the author includes more facts about Bessie Coleman, a glossary, a list of internet sites, additional books for more information, and a bibliography. I highly recommend this book.
School Library Journal
Aimed at reluctant readers, these biographies are no more than illustrated encyclopedia articles. Each one relates the most basic and pertinent facts about a well-known historical figure in an appealing and popular format. Students looking for an easy way to complete assignments will only get the broad strokes of these people's lives. The artists use jaunty colors and the panels are easy to follow for children new to comics. Yet the books are neither stellar in artwork nor rich with information. Even so, teachers and librarians looking to introduce their reluctant or struggling readers to prominent figures in history might want to have these titles available.
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