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Children's LiteratureAs part of the "Spirit of America" series, this volume reinforces a theme of liberty, opportunity, and the ability to speak freely in the United States. Jane Addams certainly exercised her rights as an American, and she used her comfortable financial position to improve the lives of others. As the author points out, Addams was unique in that she was able, as a woman during the late 19th century, to pursue further education. Interesting and well written, this 32-page library-bound biography can easily be used for a young reader's book report. The text is accompanied primarily by black-and-white photographs, and it includes a timeline, glossary, index, and list of other resources related to Addams. A few of the chapters conclude with a full-page sidebar about another relevant person or place. A more dramatic change in page layout and graphic usage could have been used to help these pages stand apart from the main body of the text. However, overall, the graphic presentation of the book is clean, neat, and visually accessible, all of which makes for a good read. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 9 to 12.
— Susan Schott Karr