A Life of Service: The Story of Senator Tammy Duckworth

A Life of Service: The Story of Senator Tammy Duckworth
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September 27, 2022
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Thai American creators portray the inspirational and barrier-breaking life of Senator Tammy Duckworth in a picture-book tribute to an extraordinary woman.

Senator Tammy Duckworth has logged a long list of “firsts” during her tenure as the first Thai American woman elected to Congress, including being the first woman with a disability to serve in the House and Senate. But while she dreamed of serving her country from a young age, Tammy’s path was not without its challenges. In this dramatic account, award-winning creators Christina Soontornvat and Dow Phumiruk chronicle Tammy’s journey. From her childhood fight to keep her family from homelessness, to her service in the US Army, to her recovery from grievous injuries sustained in the line of duty, Tammy never lost her determination to keep going against staggering odds. 
Evoking Tammy Duckworth’s spirited nature with sensitivity and joy, this uplifting account of a groundbreaking military veteran and rising political star will inspire readers to dream and achieve. Includes a time line and suggestions for further reading.

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Tammy Duckworth is an Asian American who has given her everything to make our country a better place, including her legs. She starts out serving in the air force because she loves flying, and it's the only place women can serve during her time period. After her helicopter is shot down, she fights a whole different battle, the one to live. When she overcomes those odds, she takes another stand as a senator. She has a voice and isn't afraid to take action, which is very inspiring to read about.

A LIFE IN THE SERVICE: THE STORY OF SENATOR TAMMY DUCKWORTH is an uplifting story about how Tammy Duckworth doesn't let anything beat her down. Even after she's wounded in the war, she still wants to fight for a better future. Since she no longer can join the physical battle, she can assist with the political one. In the back of the book, there's a timeline that outlines major events in her life for more information to supplement what what happens in the book. The illustrations are vibrant and detailed cartoon-style and fit perfectly with the text to bring her story to life.

Final Verdict: Overall, this story strikes the heart and makes you want to be a better person. I would recommend this to children who love history and learning about important people who help make the world a better place. This inspiring tale will teach children that you can do anything you put your mind to.
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