Girls: History of Growing Up Female in America

Girls: History of Growing Up Female in America

by Penny Colman
     
 


A unique and dramatice look at growing up female in America from pre-Colonial days to the present. Eyewitness accounts highlight girls' spirit, will, courage, and contributions.

From the perspective of girls themselves, this book traces the always spirited and yet sometimes disheartening history of growing up female. Young girls from all regions of the country,

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A unique and dramatice look at growing up female in America from pre-Colonial days to the present. Eyewitness accounts highlight girls' spirit, will, courage, and contributions.

From the perspective of girls themselves, this book traces the always spirited and yet sometimes disheartening history of growing up female. Young girls from all regions of the country, from all walks of life, of different races, ethnicities, religions, and classes are given a collective voice in this true story of everyday triumphs and trials. Drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs, household manuals, advice books, and photographs, Penny Colman adds the all-important human ingredient to a history with which all young people can identify - that of growing up in America.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This volume traces U.S. history from the perspective of its girls, via diaries, letters and other documents, from the Ice Age Paleo-Indians to today's girls who skateboard, rap and edit Web sites. B&w photos show them in all their variety. Ages 8-up. (Mar.)
KLIATT
The author wrote this book because "the fact of being born female in America matters and it always has... It is the stirring story of ordinary and extraordinary girls who found ingenious ways of making do and performing incredible feats of derring-do." She drafted this history after consulting hundreds of primary and secondary sources, and provides a list of 63 "selected sources for further reading." Enhancing the text are hundreds of b/w illustrations, maps, photos, drawings, documents, and newspaper articles. A chronology of women's history from the Ice Age until the 1900s lines the inside of the front and back covers. An extensive index, photo and text credits are provided. This history of women ("girls") includes many excerpts from diaries and eyewitness accounts, which gives immediacy to a variety of events, from the stock market crash to the ill-fated Donner party expedition. Such subjects as Barbie, Nancy Drew, Wonder Woman, and Ms. take on new meaning in their historical context. The beginnings of the ERA, Roe v. Wade, girls in Little League baseball, and "take our daughters to work" day are described. By reading this book, a solid understanding of women's history is gained. Clear typeface, good white space, and the many illustrations make this an accessible and attractive book. Highly recommended for all collections. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2000, Scholastic, 192p. illus. maps. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to 18.
—Rita Fontinha

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590371308
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/02/2003
Series:
Girls
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Born in Denver, Colorado, Penny Colman also lived in Oregon, Washington and Kentucky before her parents settled in North Warren, a small town in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania. Her father was a psychiatrist with a position at the state hospital. She lived on the grounds of the mental hospital along with her father, her mother, an artist, and three brothers. When Penny was eleven years old, a writer and photographer came to do an article titled, "The Strangest Place to Find a Happy Family” that was published in Redbook Magazine.

After two years of college, Penny decided to hitchhike through Europe. When she returned home, she finished college, went to graduate school, got married, and had three children (two were twins) all within four years. For the next seventeen years, Penny Colman threw herself into being an active mom, minister's wife, volunteer, on-and-off writer, teacher, consultant, project manager, and art gallery owner. Finally, she decided to be a full-time writer in 1987, embarking on a challenging and exciting career. She writes for readers of all ages on a wide variety of topics.

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