Sisters in Strength: American Women Who Made a Difference

Sisters in Strength: American Women Who Made a Difference

by Yona Zeldis McDonough, Malcah Zeldis
     
 

A highly-respected mother-daughter team honors eleven outstanding American women who have shaped history.

"I must admit I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings."

-Margaret Mead

Eleven American heroines come alive in these accessible biographies illustrated with vibrant paintings.

Overview

A highly-respected mother-daughter team honors eleven outstanding American women who have shaped history.

"I must admit I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings."

-Margaret Mead

Eleven American heroines come alive in these accessible biographies illustrated with vibrant paintings. While some crusaders, like Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart, were widely recognized during their time, others, like Emily Dickinson, were more celebrated after death. But no matter how these courageous women achieved their goals, they triumphed over adversity, made huge sacrifices, and held fast to their beliefs.

Told with graceful simplicity, these marvelous stories of passion, wisdom, and unyielding fortitude will encourage a new generation of readers to find role models in the pages of history.

Those included are: Pocahontas, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Emily Dickinson, Clara Barton, Mary Cassatt, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and Margaret Mead.

Editorial Reviews

BookList
A good place to start, for talking about prejudices, then and now.
Smithsonian Magazine
An excellent choice to take into social studies classrooms that are studying this period.
Newsday
Zeldis expresses her views of events and life through her painting the way children do.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
When women are remembered for their role in history, it is usually because in some way they became adventurous leaders like men. Yona McDonough has singled out these women but also several who made more unusual contributions--Emily Dickinson for her poetry, Mary Cassatt for her painting, Margaret Mead for her anthropology. Young readers will even learn what anthropologists do, and how it is possible to "never be afraid of the new, sad to leave anywhere where one has been for a few days, but glad to go forward." In each short story, there are details about the background of these strong women that help explain why they pursued their particular direction in life. Malcah Zeldis has illustrated and surrounded each mini-biography with bright drawings in a folk art style. McDonough's book adds some new names to traditional school lists of famous American women, with enough facts to fill plenty of note cards and prompt though-provoking discussions. 2000, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 7 to 14, $17.95. Reviewer: Karen Leggett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805061024
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of several acclaimed books for children, including Anne Frank and Eve And Her Sisters: Women of the Old Testament. Ms. McDonough most recently published The Barbie Chronicles. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.

Malchah Zeldis is an internationally-known folk artist whose work has been shown in galleries all over the world. She is the illustrator of many children's books, including Anne Frank, and Martin Luther King. Ms. Zeldis lives in New York City.

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