Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

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VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Nancy Pierce
The titles in the “Extraordinary Women” series offer a concise overview of a specific woman’s life. The books are set up similarly: they are, for the most part, a chronological depiction of the lives of their subjects, with plenty of color photographs and informative captions to keep reader interest. Throughout are bolded words that might be more challenging to the reader, which are defined in a glossary in the back of the book. This method helps build vocabulary without frustrating the reader. Also, the life of the contemporary woman is connected with a similar historical figure (“Then and Now”) which allows the reader to not only learn some history, but also to see that our contemporary figures have a place in a larger historical context. Young readers will appreciate the variety of learning opportunities in this book—narrative text, captioned photographs, maps, and sidebar notes/facts. While the captions and sidebars support the narrative text, a struggling reader could focus on one element as a scaffolding device, and then perhaps build on their reading experience with more difficult text offered in the book. The Michelle Obama title offers a more developed and extensive depiction of her life before marrying Barack; Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge, focuses more on how she came into the orbit of the future King of England and their life together. It would have been nice if there was more emphasis on her life and accomplishments in her own right versus being the wife of a famous man. Still, both are recommended for school and public libraries for young readers. (Extraordinary Women) Reviewer: Nancy Pierce; Ages 11 to 14.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410959508
  • Publisher: Raintree Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,459,924
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Hunter has written many non-fiction books for children. He has a degree in Modern History and specializes in writing about history and social studies.
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