Girls: History of Growing up Female in Americaby Penny Colman
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For ages 8 and up, this is a unique and dramatic look at growing up female in America from precolonial days to the present. It is the history of our nation told through eyewitness accounts. Girls! chronicles the stories of American girls - often in their own words - and highlights their spirit, their will, their courage, and their contributions.
Penny Colman is a widely published, award-winning author of books, essays, stories, and articles. She writes for all ages and covers a range of subjects. Colman's books have been named in the Best Books for Young Adults, Notable Books for Children, and Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers (American Library Association); Teacher's Choice and Young Adult Choice (International Reading Association); Best Children's Book of the Year (Bank Street College of Education); Notable Trade Book (Council for the Social Studies/Children's Book Council); and Orbis Pictus Honor Award for Outstanding Nonfiction ( National Council of Teachers of English.) In 1994, she won the Miller Lite Women's Sports Journalism Award for her cover story "Girls and Sports" for Sports Illustrated for Kids. In 1996, Colman was honored by the New Jersey State Legislature for her books and public appearances that have "contributed to the advancement of women." Most recently, her book Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial (Holt 1997), was one of only three books, and the only nonfiction book, to receive a unanimous vote from the ALA Best Books for Young Adults Committee (1999). In 1997 it was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book, Booklist Editor's Choice, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. According to a starred review in PW, "Few readers will be able to put down Colman's impeccably researched history...By no means constructed of melancholy alone, the volume includes moments of humor and inpiration. This is a book readers will pore over, not only for the wealth of absorbing information, but because Colman, in considering death on a global scale, allows readers to view it as a universal experience that connects them to others." Her book, Rosie the Riveter: Working on the Home Front in World War II (Crown, 1995), was reviewed by the New York Times Book Review: "Penny Colman's engaging book...enlivened and authenticated by quotations from women who talk about their wartime experiences." Kirkus Review gave an equally positive accolade, "...well-researched, perfectly pitched, and completely involving." The book won many awards, including, Best Books for Young Adults and Notable Children's Book (ALA), Teachers' Choice and Young Adult Choice (International Reading Association), Best Book for Teen Age (New York Public Library), Best Books of the Year (School Library Journal), and Orbis Pictus Honor Award (National Council of Teachers of English). Her other critically acclaimed books include, Strike! The Bitter Struggle of American Workers from Colonial Times to the Present (Millbrook Press, 1995) Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers: A History of the Bathroom (Atheneum, 1994); Madam C.J. Walker: Building a Business Empire (Millborook Press, 1994); Mother Jones and the March of the Mill Children (Millbrook Press, 1994); Fanny Lou Hamer and the Fight for the Vote (Millbrook Press, 1993) A Woman Unafraid: The Achievements of Frances Perkins (Atheneum, 1993); Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of Dorthea Lynde Dix (Shoe Tree Press, 1992); and Spies! Women in the Civil War (F & W Publications, 1992).
SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)
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I sort of thought that this book was a little bit slow. I did not like the fact that it went from one character to another with each chapter. The one interesting thing was knowing how it was for the girls growing up back then.