Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight

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by Kathleen Krull, Amy June Bates
     
 

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When Hillary was young, she wanted to be an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no. But she didn't listen to them. There were people who didn't think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with… See more details below

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When Hillary was young, she wanted to be an astronaut, to soar as high as the stars above. She kept reaching up and up as she grew. There were people who told her no. But she didn't listen to them. There were people who didn't think she could do it. But she believed in herself. And Hillary has been making history ever since. This is the inspiring story of a girl with dreams as big as the open sky.

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Publishers Weekly

This admiring picture book biography views Hillary Rodham Clinton through one specific lens: her whole life is about breaking gender barriers in pursuit of sky-high goals. Krull begins with Clinton's childhood ambition to become an astronaut ("She wrote to the national space agency to volunteer. But it was 1961, and some paths were still closed to women") and ends with her run for the presidency: "Was the land ready? No matter-she was propelling her way into history." Even the detailed endnotes maintain this simplified focus: the failure of her attempt to reform health care as First Lady is attributed to "several reasons, one of which was that so many people found Hillary's ambitions and independence upsetting." Bill Clinton comes across as a rather shadowy 800-pound-gorilla (is he the hunk pictured presiding over the Yale Law Library?), while the text, which is plenty inspiring in its own right, is weakened by supplemental aphorisms on every spread ("You don't have time for fear" is the maxim accompanying the spread on her breakout Wellesley graduation speech). Bates (The Dog Who Belonged to No One) contributes radiant if consciously heart-tugging illustrations, imbuing her subject with both an endearing geekiness and determined idealism. Ages 5-10. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
This account of the almost-Democratic-nominee for President gives readers a real feel for who Hillary Clinton is, what inspired her, and how she came so far. Born at a time when certain avenues were closed to girls, among them the ability to be an astronaut, she looked for other ways in which she could excel and make her mark on the world. The author uses flying analogies throughout the text to explain how her subject spread her wings and began to soar. Hillary was not beautiful, she was not rich, and she had a variety of obstacles to face. In short, she was like a lot of girls then and now, though the obstacles might be different, but Hillary believed in herself and put in a lot of effort, which worked then and, it is important for young readers to know, can still work now. People made fun of her looks, of her involvement in politics, even of her family life, but that did not dissuade her, and although she might not have become President, the author appropriately assures us that we will have a woman President one day, because there are other girls who dream to fly. The text is supplemented by quotes related to flying that reiterate the theme. The illustrations are somewhat cartoonish, in a joyful, appealing way. Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine
Kirkus Reviews
When young Hillary Rodham's hopes of joining NASA as an astronaut were dashed because she was a girl, she didn't stop dreaming or doing, all the way (almost) to the top. Following Clinton from girlhood to the presidential campaign trail, the narrative hits on many of the high points and as few of the low points as possible along the way (as First Lady, "she tried to cover a lot of ground, and not everything she did was a success"). As seen in Bates's watercolor, gouache and pencil illustrations, she goes from a perky, ponytailed girl to the somewhat careworn but determined figure readers will recognize, each spread complemented by a bromide (e.g., "Find heroes to lift you up")-not, apparently, Clinton's own. Timed for release with the Democratic National Convention, this picture-book hagiography nevertheless has a dated feel to it already, although the conclusion hedges its historical bets: "Not afraid to fly, daring to compete, she decided to run for the highest office in the land. Was the land ready? No matter-she was propelling her way into history." (author's notes, sources) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)
School Library Journal
07/01/2015
K-Gr 4—Krull's updated version of her 2008 picture book biography of Hillary Clinton differs little from the original. In fact, only the final four pages incorporate revisions. One spread features her service as secretary of state, "one of the most important jobs in the world." The accompanying illustration, the only new one in the book, depicts Clinton greeting women and children near a village in a tropical forest. The text on the last two pages uses slightly different wording from the original but reinforces the book's central message about how Clinton's dreams and determination helped her overcome obstacles to women's success. The only change to the extensive author's note appears in the sentences devoted to Chelsea Clinton, mentioning her college degrees and work experience. The cover sticker, which reads, "Updated for 2016," reveals the anticipated tie to the next presidential campaign. VERDICT Because the changes to this edition are so minimal, libraries with Krull's original can probably pass unless they need to replace a worn copy. Collections without the 2008 book might wait to weigh this biography against others likely to appear in coming months.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416984870
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,137,290
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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