She Persisted: Deb Haaland

She Persisted: Deb Haaland
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October 03, 2023
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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, a chapter book series about women who spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Deb Haaland!

A 2024 American Indian Youth Literature Honor Book!

As a child of two military parents, Deb Haaland moved around a lot when she was young before finally settling in Albuquerque to be near family. But she persisted, studying hard and eventually earning a law degree. An enrolled member of the Pueblo Laguna nation, Deb was one of the first two Native American women to be elected to Congress, where she represented New Mexico's 1st District. In 2021, when the Senate confirmed her as President Biden's secretary of the interior, she became the first Native American in history to become a cabinet secretary. She continues to break barriers and inspire future generations to dream of greater opportunities.

In this chapter book biography by acclaimed author Laurel Goodluck, readers learn about the amazing life of Deb Haaland--and how she persisted.

Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton, black-and-white illustrations throughout, and a list of ways that readers can follow in Deb Haaland's footsteps and make a difference! A perfect choice for kids who love learning and teachers who want to bring inspiring women into their curriculum.

And don’t miss out on the rest of the books in the She Persisted series, featuring so many more women who persisted, including Maria Tallchief, Wilma Mankiller, Patsy Mink, and more!

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The She Persisted series of biographies featuring women has a new addition to the series to learn about Deb Haaland. Deb Halaand is an American citizen and a citizen of Pueblo of Laguna Natives. This biography does a nice job of defining concepts and terms that work well for second and third-grade readers. The struggles with racism and government practices that are detrimental to the native nations in America are discussed. The theme of persistence is evident throughout as Deb realizes that she could be the first in her family to attend college. She did not let setbacks hold her back from a life of service in helping Native nations gain protection in our current government. She has broken barriers and is a positive representative for other girls and people of native citizenship to see they too have a voice in our government. At times she struggled with financial security which made her able to understand where many Americans and natives are coming from and is not an out-of-touch rich politician. Overall, I like the positive goal of the She Persisted series and the representation of a Native American to help us all remember that they deserve to be heard and protected as well.
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