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Children's LiteratureAs part of the series, "Fact Finders," this biography is well written and the format is certainly reader friendly. Historical photographs that add interest and support the text accompany every page. The author also includes boxes in the margins of the pages that contain either quotations or facts. Did you know that from 1940 to 1961, Marshall won 29 of the 32 cases he argued before the Supreme Court? The author selects her words well in describing his life and brings interest and energy to each page. This biography covers all the important turning points in Thurgood's life and shows how he made the right choice when the opportunity presented itself. Included at the back of the book are "Fast Facts," a "Time Line," a "Glossary," "Internet sites," "Read More" and an "Index." All vocabulary words that can be found in the glossary are highlighted. It amazes me how much information is given in just 32 pages. The quotations chosen for this book are great, but my favorite is, "None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody . . . bent down and helped up pick up our boots." What a great writing prompt that would be! Both boys and girls will find this biography interesting. It would be perfect in a classroom or school library. It can be used as a resource for a research paper or for nonfiction reading. I highly recommend this book because the format is easy to follow and the short chapters will benefit even reluctant readers. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 11.
—Kathie M. Josephs