Susan B. Anthony

Alexandra Wallner

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New York : Holiday House 2011.
1st ed
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Main Author
Alexandra Wallner (-)
Review by Booklist Review

In previous picture-book biographies, Wallner has examined the lives of notable women like Abigail Adams, Grandma Moses, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. This time, she turns her keen eye toward women's rights champion Susan B. Anthony. While Wallner starts with Anthony's childhood, the book focuses on her uncertain career battling for reform, particularly in the arena of women's suffrage. Well-selected quotations from Kathleen Barry's Susan B. Anthony: A Biography (2000) appear intermittently, and the activist's sentiment that she was in an unpopular cause and must be content to row upstream comes across in the clear and direct text. The folk-art, naive-style illustrations, with abundant period details, nicely depict the nineteenth-century setting, and despite a somewhat stiff quality, they capture Anthony's emotions well. It wasn't until 14 years after Anthony's death that the Nineteenth Amendment or the Susan B. Anthony Amendment was passed, but we all have Anthony, who believed failure is impossible, to thank. With a time line, a bibliography, and source notes, this solid picture-book biography deserves frequent rotation in any school or classroom library.--Kelley, Ann Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

"By her fiftieth birthday she was known as the most loved and hated woman in America." This biography of tireless suffragist Anthony depicts her experiences as a teacher, organizer, and orator, with particular emphasis on the sober realities of her era. For example, after being laughed at by men and boys for wearing bloomers, "she gave up wearing [them]. She believed that people should listen to what she had to say, not watch what she was wearing." Wallner's folk art-style tableaus have a flat, stylized quality that calls to mind the work of Grandma Moses. Unfortunately, the brittle tone ("She used money she had saved from teaching to travel to many towns, often in winter when people were so bored they would come to any meeting and even pay money just for something to do") can result in a dry reading experience. Ages 6-10. Agent: Libby Ford. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-This picture-book biography focuses on America's foremost champion for women's rights. The text does a good job of covering Anthony's life, from her strict upbringing in Massachusetts to her death after 58 years of working for reform, and her passionate role in the women's-suffrage movement. Wallner's folk-art paintings, done in her well-defined style, balance the text. Some illustrations, however, are visually confusing. For example, at first glance, the Currier and Ives print in the book appears to show a person's arm protruding from Anthony's mouth. It takes further study to realize the arm belongs to a person in an image positioned behind her. Nonetheless, the bright colors and many details make this an appealing experience for young readers; the period outfits are an education in themselves. All things considered, a valuable addition.-Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Horn Book Review

From her nontraditional upbringing in Massachusetts to the development of her revolutionary opinions and visions to her steadfast fight for women's rights, this chronological biography provides a simple, straightforward introduction to Susan B. Anthony. The flat folk art combines with an uninspiring narrative to present a dull but thorough portrayal of the critical historic figure. Timeline. Bib. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

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