Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Harriet Tubman to Mia Hamm

Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Harriet Tubman to Mia Hamm

by Michelle Roehm, Jerry McCann
     
 

This sequel volume features black-and-white photos and drawings to complement the inspiring stories of Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister, ambassador, and U.N. delegate; Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemalan activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Italian physicist Laura Bassi, one of the first women scientists in western history; Lauryn Hill, American singer and winner… See more details below

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This sequel volume features black-and-white photos and drawings to complement the inspiring stories of Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister, ambassador, and U.N. delegate; Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemalan activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Italian physicist Laura Bassi, one of the first women scientists in western history; Lauryn Hill, American singer and winner of multiple Grammy awards who produced her first album at age 17; Alexandra Nechita, internationally acclaimed Romanian artist; and others. The book also contains photos and writings of over 30 contemporary young women from across America who respond to the question, "How do you plan to rock the world?" In conjunction with the book's publication, these girls will tour their hometowns, inspiring their peers to go for their dreams.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Thirty female biographies from ancient Egypt to the present are briefly noted in this book designed to inspire young girls. Most of the earlier biographies are about women rarely noted in history books such as Pop-pank, a native American who was a close friend of Sacagawea. Both were kidnapped as young girls but managed to escape their captors. Biographies from the 1900s largely feature performers and artists. Later biographies feature young females who have already made a name for themselves, whether through activism, performing or sport. Featured within each biography is a photo and caption of a contemporary young teen explaining how she will "rock the world" someday. Photos of marginal quality are used throughout as well as some black-and-white drawings. There is a glossary of difficult words, an index and resources for further study. Also included is a form for the reader to complete and mail, telling how she will rock the world someday. The book is one in a series of "Girls Know Best." 2000, Gareth Stevens Publishing. Ages 10 to 13. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger
VOYA
This worthy follow-up to Amelie Welden's Girls Who Rocked the World (Beyond Words, 1999) is a collection of stories about women who "achieved something extraordinary while under the age of twenty." There were plenty of stories to fill this second volume without any loss of momentum. Indeed, reading the second volume, one cannot help but feel that none of these women possibly could be overlooked. In addition to super-famous names such as Oprah Winfrey and Eleanor Roosevelt, the book contains the stories of the Brontë sisters, painter Elizabeth Vigee-LeBrun, Native American Pop-pank, and singer Lauryn Hill. As in the first volume, each story concludes with a contemporary, yet-unknown girl expressing how she will "rock the world." The final five stories are about young women who are presently engaged in some extraordinary activity. Lots of inspiration, can-do attitude, and great examples of working hard to achieve a not-so-impossible goal make this book more than a collective biography, although it certainly can be disguised as such. If your library already owns the first volume, this book is a natural continuation. If not, it is certainly not too late to purchase what promises to be an exciting series. Photos. Source Notes. Biblio. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Beyond Words Publishing, 160p, Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Diane Masla SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
Written in a style that is sure to catch the reader's imagination, this book features interesting but informal biographies of significant women. It also includes girls who are "rocking the world" right now, like Charlotte Church. In addition, real girls tell how they plan to "rock the world" in sidebars throughout the book. 2000, Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., $8.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-From the Trung sisters, two Vietnamese warrior queens who led their people into battle, to fashion-designer Coco Chanel to rock-climber Lynn Hill, all of the women introduced here were inspired to "rock the world" and make a change in someone's life. The 30 subjects hail from many different countries and time periods and represent a variety of achievements. According to the introduction, most of them started to pursue their dreams before reaching their 21st birthday. Each brief biography opens with a black-and-white photo or drawing and is followed by a young woman answering the question, "How Will You Rock the World?" Readers are encouraged to submit their own dreams and photos to be included in future books. Like the first volume by Amelie Welden (Beyond Words, 1998), this book is a good starting point for choosing a report topic and for engaging the interest of nonreaders.-Kathleen A. Nester, Downingtown High Ninth Grade Center, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582700250
Publisher:
Simon Pulse/Beyond Words
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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