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Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Voteby Tanya Lee Stone, Rebecca Gibbon
Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood up and fought for what she believed in. From an early age, she knew that women were not given rights equal to men. But rather than accept her lesser status, Elizabeth went to college and later gathered other like-minded women to challenge the right to vote.Here is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman who changed America forever… See more details below
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Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood up and fought for what she believed in. From an early age, she knew that women were not given rights equal to men. But rather than accept her lesser status, Elizabeth went to college and later gathered other like-minded women to challenge the right to vote.Here is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman who changed America forever because she wouldn't take "no" for an answer.
Elizabeth Leads the Way is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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Beginning with a direct address-"What would you do if someone told you.../ your voice doesn't matter/ because you are a girl?"-Stone (Amelia Earhart) fires up readers with a portrait of the 19th-century feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Four-year-old Elizabeth takes umbrage when a visitor sees her baby sister and clucks, "What a pity it is she's a girl!" Later Elizabeth reads Greek and jumps horses, like contemporary boys, and continues to bristle at injustice. Readers will follow this strong-minded heroine into her adult years, her work as an abolitionist, and her historic role as an activist and visionary. While not a detailed biography or an overview of the women's suffrage movement, this inviting story nevertheless offers a good jumping-off point. The sometimes informational tone is animated and energized by Gibbon's (Players in Pigtails) plentiful vignettes and paintings, rendered in a vibrant folk-art style. Ages 6-10. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"Ah, you should have been a boy!" When Elizabeth Cady Stanton's father made this pronouncement about his "strong-spirited, rule-breaking daughter," he was truly worried about her. He knew that her life would have been easier if she had not been a girl. "But Elizabeth wasn't interested in easy." The issues of women's place in the world appalled Elizabeth Cady from the time she was a young girl and she determined that she could do "anything any boy could do." She went on to prove this conviction admirably: she insisted on an education, worked tirelessly for women's rights, and even ran for Congress in 1866 reasoning that even if she could not vote, men could vote for her. This detailed but accessible look at the courageous life of one of the first active champions of women's right to vote is perfect for introducing the history of the women's rights movement. Elizabeth Cady Stanton really sparked the movement with a daring speech at a gathering in Seneca Falls, NY, where she read aloud a Declaration of Right and Sentiments that challenged the Declaration of Independence's statement that "all men are created equal." The illustrations created by Gibbon are well matched to the character of Stanton and the text in their sparse, primitive look. The generous use of white space emphasizes the message of the text and supports the "no nonsense" attitude of the "Grand Old Woman of America" that Stanton came to be. The author's note fills out the factual history of this amazing woman and a list of sources is included. Stone succeeds in evoking the respect and admiration this remarkable woman truly deserved in her own time and still deserves in ours--without herI would not be able to vote. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
Gr 1-4- Stone looks at the life of Stanton from childhood to her emergence as a pioneering leader of women's rights. The "strong-spirited, rule-breaking" girl asserted her independence by embracing physical and academic challenges and by questioning traditional viewpoints. This comes through in energetic, lucid prose that focuses on Elizabeth's ideas and feelings rather than on specific events. By consistently sticking to the subject's own experiences, without detours into historical details or even any dates, the author introduces a historical figure whom readers can relate to as a person. Excellent gouache and colored pencil illustrations, rendered in a lighthearted folk-art style, provide rich background for the brief text. They establish the time period through visual details and capture Stanton's spirit and the attitudes of those she encounters without overstatement. The book culminates with the event that propelled the woman into the national spotlight: her presentation at a convention in Seneca Falls, NY, in 1848, of the Declaration of Right and Sentiments, which included a call for women's voting rights. "Elizabeth had tossed a stone in the water and the ripples grew wider and wider and wider." An author's note briefly covers Stanton's subsequent accomplishments. Through words and pictures that work together and an emphasis on ideas and personality rather than factoids, this well-conceived introduction is just right for a young audience.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
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