Pioneering North Woods doctor Kate Pelham Newcomb comes to life in this addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Born in 1885, Kate Pelham was suppose to grow up to be a proper young lady in Boston, but despite her father's wishes she was determined to be a doctor. After medical school, her husband's health brought them to the clean air of northern Wisconsin and before long Kate knew every back road and cabin in the North Woods. She visited patients by snowmobile, by canoe, and by snowshoe and never sent a bill. Instead she was paid in firewood and vegtables.
But what Kate dreamed of more than anything for her patients was a hospital. And that's when the kids of the community got involved. They set out to collect a million pennies - $10,000 - to help Dr. Kate build a hospital. As the news spread, coins poured in from countries across the globe. Students carted bushels of pennies, and Dr. Kate read thousands of letters cheering on her effort. Her dream came true in 1954 when the Lakeland Memorial Hospital opened its doors. Young readers will warm to Kate's spirit of compassion and never-say-never attitude.
About the Author
Rebecca Wojahn is an elementary school library media specialist in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She is the author of several books for children, including Evan Early and the Follow That Food Chain series, and has written articles for LibrarySparks, Book Links, School Library Journal and the Children's Literature Network.
Table of Contents
1 Kate Asks "Why?" 1
2 Becoming a Doctor 10
3 The Northwoods 22
4 The Angel on Snowshoes 31
5 The Million Penny Parade 44
6 This Is Your Life! 57
7 Remembering Dr. Kate 68
Appendix: Dr. Kate's Time Line 73
Reading Group Guide and Activities 85
To Learn More about Becoming a Doctor 88