Children's LiteratureThis biography about the life and works of writer and abolitionist Lydia Maria Child will be a nice addition to women's studies collections, as well as biography collections for intermediate readers. Stux portrays Child as a young woman who was out of the ordinary for her time, with radical ideas about slavery and women's rights. She was also an accomplished writer for children and adults. Like similar women of the period, Child faced and overcame societal barriers and pressures because of her gender, her opinions and her chosen career. Stux, a fine writer, has presented the life of Child in interesting and creative text. The black-and-white pencil drawings by Young add sustenance to the overall effect. Stux has authored another collection of biographies entitled, Eight Who Made a Difference: Pioneer Women in the Arts. This book is worth purchasing for a school library with a curriculum that studies American writers, civil rights and women's issues. Part of the "Creative Minds Biography" series. 2000, Carolrhoda Books, $21.27. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Betsy Barnett
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3-5-These biographies emphasize the writings of two notable women. Since duty frequently called her husband away throughout their marriage, Adams often wrote to her spouse not only about family matters, but also about her political views. Child, an insatiable reader as a youngster, grew up to become a successful writer. Known for her poem "Over the River and through the Woods," she devoted her later years to working for the abolitionist movement and risked censorship. Both books draw on primary sources and support the view that these two women influenced history through their writings and beliefs. Some details about the times and places flesh out the life stories. These titles should interest students not yet ready to handle more in-depth treatments. One adequate, full-page, black-and-white illustration appears within each chapter.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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