Children's LiteratureIn lively prose, McElroy relates significant moments in Sandra Day O'Connor's life. On almost every page, there is a photo or a sidebar featuring additional information. Children will be drawn into her life because the author has included so many items of interest to them, such as how she loved to ride horses or the loneliness of life on an Arizona ranch. The difficulty that she first had getting a job as a lawyer is told with humor and compassion. Children will be able to appreciate the changes that have been effected over the past decades. The author describes Sandra's approach to justice and fairness, citing instances where, even though her personal feelings were different, she upheld what she knew to be fair. Now that Sandra is in her seventies, there is talk that she will retire or become chief justice, but she wants to concentrate on what she knows is most importantbeing the best justice she can. McElroy makes Sandra come alive as a person, helping young people to realize, first of all, that important people have many of the same characteristics as ordinary people. Secondly, she portrays an older woman in a very positive light, creating a role model for young girls and boys alike. 2003, Millbrook Press, Ages 9 to 12.
Kathy Egner, Ph.D.