Susan B. Anthony


Text and pictures introduce the biography of Susan B. Anthony, and her lifetime work to allow women the right to vote in the United States.

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Text and pictures introduce the biography of Susan B. Anthony, and her lifetime work to allow women the right to vote in the United States.

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Children's Literature
Biographies are a fascinating vehicle for history to reveal itself, as well as a way to get us acquainted with great personalities who have accomplished important work in their lifetimes. Susan B. Anthony was of course such a woman, and this book about her life is one of this publisher's "First Biographies" series for very young children. The very simple text is accompanied by photographs of not only Ms. Anthony, but also scenes of slaves, women suffragettes marching and other historical images. Each two-page spread has an accreting timeline that accompanies the fact or event mentioned in the text, a nice way to introduce this important tool. The facts, however, are given in a disjointed manner, giving a fragmented feeling. Certain words are chosen as "Words to Know" and defined at the back of the book, and as usual, their choice proves to be a difficult task. For example, why define "alcohol" as a relevant definition? However, some real depth is achieved, despite the choppy rhythm. One of the more stirring statements is that Susan worked for women's rights her whole life. When you see by looking at the timeline that women got the right to vote in 1920, but that Susan died in 1906, you really feel the importance of this woman's achievements. 2002, Pebble Books/Capstone Press, $14.60. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Nancy Partridge
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-These titles are part of a series intended to support "national history standards for units on people and culture" for new readers. Material is diluted to fewer than 240 words on each subject. There isn't much substance, although the books are formatted nicely. Each spread contains a black-and-white photograph or drawing (some in Carver are in color) opposite three to four sentences of large text. Not all of the art is captioned. A time line extends across the bottom of each spread and fills up as the text progresses chronologically. Information is not consistent, which can confuse readers. For example, the time line in Carver says, "1896-1920 works with farmers"; those dates do not appear in the text. In Anthony, the text says, "In 1849, she moved to Rochester, New York," but that is omitted from the time line. Additionally, some of the dates in the subjects' lives are inconsistent with other sources. The following titles are longer, but with that length comes greater depth and detail: Margo McLoone's George Washington Carver (Bridgestone, 1997; o.p.), Carol Greene's George Washington Carver: Scientist and Teacher (Children's, 1992; o.p.), David A. Adler's A Picture Book of George Washington Carver (Holiday, 1999), and Lucile Davis's Susan B. Anthony (Bridgestone, 1998).-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736809986
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: First Biographies Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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