Around America to Win the Vote is a great introduction to a topic that might surprise many young readers, most of whom feel that the world has always been the way it is. It will be a revelation to them that people thought that Alice and Nell should have stayed at home and sewed, but the women brought the sewing machine along to prove that they could sew and give speeches about equality at the same time. The notes and bibliography at the end of the book are helpful in providing direction for further study.
The brightly colored illustrations give a happy air to this book and show the styles and travel conditions of the time. I would have liked to see some photos of the two. Still, this is exactly the sort of picture book nonfiction I am seeking for middle school students-- interesting, informative, and a sneaky way to have them learn about important topics.