Children's LiteraturePick up this book from the "Our People" series to learn about Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman in the world to receive a license to practice medicine. The book chronicles her life beginning with her birth in 1821. Author Deborah Kent draws the reader in with her first chapter which explains how Blackwell desired a "life with purpose." Kent goes on to point out the critical aspect of gender issues of the time period and tells how Blackwell's aspirations paved the way for women to study medicine today. Because Blackwell successfully jumped over those hurdles, she continues to be a significant historical female. Four well-organized short chapters put Blackwell's life into perspective. In addition to the concise, large-print text in each chapter, sidebars of "Interesting Facts" are scattered throughout. Three extra informational pages on "The Rights of Women," "Doctors Then & Now," and "The Weaker Sex" are also included. The book's archival photos paint an excellent picture of the time period. An informative time line, a glossary of several terms, and a resource page follow the main body text. The book is well suited for students who wish to gather report ideas and for those who want to read biographies. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 8 to 14.
Nancy Garhan Attebury