Gr 2-4-Barton was a shy child who became a teacher and then a nurse during the Civil War. Later, she founded the American Red Cross. Parks's refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger was the catalyst for the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott. Ochoa was an excellent student and flutist who became an engineer, inventor, and astronaut-the first Hispanic woman to travel in outer space. The books' beginning chapters offer compelling accounts of the importance of the subjects' work. The clearly written texts are enhanced by relevant photographs and illustrations on every spread. Children may require assistance with the Web sites; although they are well chosen, they are designed for adult use. Good purchases for libraries searching for biographies about heroic women.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.