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Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0

Great Overview of American Women

Starting with Pocahontas and continuing through Margaret Bourke-White and Misty Copeland, this brightly illustrated book introduces readers to fast facts about women who have made contributions in many fields. A photograph, if one exists, is accompanied by basic biographical information, and a larger illustration of each woman is shown alongside further descriptions of her work and accolades. There are also sidebars with statistics or other interesting facts.

Good Points
This would be a great resource to have if children have to chose people to research for a project, since the information is brief yet complete. There is also a two page list of additional women at the end of the book, as well as a glossary of terms.

There is always room for books that introduce students to historical personages, like or Chin-Lee's Amelia to Zora or Schatz's Rad American Women from A to Z. This Scholastic paperback would have been my daughter's first choice if it had been included in a book club flyer! There is, however, still room for other corporate biographies of lesser known women-- most of my students have heard of Amelia Earhart, but few know of Frances Perkins or Clare Booth Luce.
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