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Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!
Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG, tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.
About the Author
Elizabeth Baddeley is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark, written by Debbie Levy. She also illustrated A Woman in the House (and Senate): How Women Came to the United States Congress, Broke Down Barriers, and Changed the Country; The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (and How They Shaped the Nation); and An Inconvenient Alphabet. Elizabeth graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a degree in illustration and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more at EBaddeley.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you loved Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg but want some way to teach a younger crowd about RBG, this is great. Focusing on writing wrongs and dealing with prejudice, this is a wonderful way to teach students about an amazing woman who helped pave the way for more gender equality in our country and its laws. It also addresses how to work with those who don't agree with you. Very cute!
There seems to be a lot of dissent these days. Do we dissent to make the world more fair and just? Or is it for selfish reasons? Do we disagree for the sake of disagreement? Or for a higher purpose? Justice Ginsburg, a woman of diminutive stature, has immense integrity and courage. Her story can inspire others to find their strength, their gift to the world. Despite all the strikes against her, she found her way. The story rings with powerful words as it follows Ginsburg’s life from childhood to the present. Debbie Levy’s engaging text is rich with detail that immerses the reader in the context of the time. Ginsburg’s strength, threaded through the narrative, is joyful and inspiring. One of my favorite pages depicts her disagreements with Justice Scalia, how they learned from each other, and also how they enjoyed a great friendship. While Elizabeth Baddeley’s rich illustrations have a sense of fun, they also overflow with an entire range of emotions. The faces are amazing! Text becomes art as words move from the narrative into the illustrations.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was disagreeing and asking tough question long before she became a justice of the Supreme Court. From an early age she challenged inequality, disagreed with unfair treatment, and stood up for what was right. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (2016) by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, introduces readers to Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a child and follows her into adulthood and her time as a Supreme Court Justice. Levy balances the picture book format with thoughtful text that provides just enough information without bogging down each page with large chunks of text. Baddely's bold and colorful illustrations make this book arresting from page one with her combination of hyper-realistic figures and more whimsical hand lettering for some of Ginsburg's bold statements throughout the book. I Dissent includes many fun facts about Ginsburg (her husband did the cooking in the family, Ginsburg has a special collar she wears for dissenting opinions in court) which will surprise and delight readers who are learning about this remarkable woman for the first time. Because Levy covers aspects of most of Ginsburg's life, the book also includes a lot of information even for readers who might already know a bit about the Supreme Court justice. The book closes with backmatter that includes more information about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, notes on Supreme Court cases, a selected bibliography, and citations for the sources of quotes used in the book. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark is a must read for any young people interested in the US court system (or even older people--I learned a lot, not to mention tearing up at the end because I loved it so much), fans of the Notorious RBG, and, of course, feminists everywhere. Highly recommended! Possible Pairings: Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Albert and Tony Cliff; Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden, Mary Kay Kroeger, Teresa Flavin; Radioactive!: How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winifred Conkling; Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales, Sophie Houser; Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman; Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs; The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Murder of the Century by Sarah Miller; Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original "Girl" Reporter, Nellie Bly by Deborah Noyes; Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen; Boss Babes: A Coloring and Activity Book for Grownups by Michelle Volansky