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Children's LiteratureThis entry in "The Importance of" series is a fair portrayal of a controversial woman and well befitting a United States Senator. The format is in an easily read style with short chapters and a generous supply of black-and-white photographs. Beginning with brief glimpses into her childhood, Hillary Rodham Clinton's life unfolds as she becomes a compassionate woman with great professional and political expectations. Growing up in Chicago and being active in school and church organizations helped mold Hilary into a formidable force to be reckoned with! She was not always popular, but that was not a determent to her success. Challenging authority in college helped spur her attraction to politics, and after graduating from Wellesley and Yale law school she became an ambitious activist for children's welfare and education. Her decision to move to Arkansas to support her husband Bill Clinton was met with apprehension, but this was just the beginning of a long political career for the couple. It seemed the only thing that slowed Mrs. Clinton down was the birth of Chelsea, the couple's daughter and only child. Not one to be down and out for long, Hillary Rodham Clinton re-entered the political scene with full force—by campaigning for Mr. Clinton's presidential bid. Along with Hillary's story, Gullo shares insight into the former president's life in politics, positive—such as his charisma and winning a second term—as well as scandals and infidelity. The book ends where Hillary is today, a U.S. Senator from New York. Her political presence is incomparable. The book clearly defines her as an energetic high achiever who knows no boundaries to success. 2004, Lucent Books/Thomson Gale,Ages 9 to 12.