Elizabeth Blackwell: Physician and Health Educator

Elizabeth Blackwell: Physician and Health Educator

by Deborah Kent

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Pick 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
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Both biographies have minimal fictionalization of conversation and emotion. Although Kent's portrayal of these women is idealistic and simplified, the texts are fluid and appropriate for the target audience. Each book contains full-page sidebars that explain relevant topics, for example, "Doctors Then and Now" (Blackwell) and "Vaudeville Theater" (Keller). "Interesting Facts" appear in the margins. Some explain the text, while others are merely trivia. Average-quality photographs, mostly in black and white, illustrate both titles. Solid choices for report writers.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Child's World, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
Spirit of America: Our People Series
Product dimensions:
7.72(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

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