Publisher's Description: In the spirit of Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope and Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride comes an inspiring portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton: a girl who fought to make a difference—and paved the way for women everywhere—from Michelle Markel and LeUyen Pham.
In the 1950s, it was a man’s world. Girls weren’t supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way. And then along came Hillary. Brave, brilliant, and unstoppable, she was out to change the world.
They said a woman couldn’t be a mother and a lawyer. Hillary was both. They said a woman shouldn’t be too strong or too smart. Hillary was fearlessly herself.
It didn’t matter what people said—she was born to lead.
With illustrations packed full of historical figures and details, this gorgeous and informative picture book biography is perfect for every budding leader. Includes a timeline, artist’s note, and bibliography.
Nugget: The closest any woman has ever gotten to being President is Hillary Clinton. With 2016 Presidential campaign running strong, it is the perfect time to introduce a biography.
Need Enticement: In the 1950s, it was a man's world. Only boys could grow up to have powerful jobs. Only boys had no ceilings on their dreams. Girls weren't supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way. But in the town of Park Ridge, Illinois along came Hillary,
Michelle's hook grabbed me. She set it up as foreshadowing- this book was not going to focus on politics but on the fact, "girls can do anything." I was hooked. She quickly stated what America was like for boys (my only complaint, America not the world. There are many countries where not even boys get to chose their lot in life) and then introduced Hillary and her differences.
Escalation: This was not a defined beginning, middle and end escalation but rather a scene by scene of parts of Hillary's life.
Upstaging the boys in school, hearing Martin Luther King as a teenager, College, graduation, law school, rallies, and protest demonstrations. On summer breaks, Hillary investigated injustices (not quite sure why) then fell in love and got married. She now helped her husband. People made fun of her plain dowdy looks. But, Hillary trudged through. She used her position as First Lady to give a voice to women. After her husband was President, she decided to move into politics. And, of course, that is where she is today.
Satisfying Ending: No matter what Hillary does next, if she wants to change the world, she'll find a way.
***Overall I was satisfied with the ending. It does bring the "world" back into the close.
Sources: I loved their sources. Throughout the book, the illustrator draws people that look familiar. In the back matter, they tell you who each famous person was in each picture. There are a timeline and impressive bibliography.
Show Words: This book will encourage a lot of future discussion with words like Vietnam, United Nations, Senator, Congress, Concession, and glass-ceiling.
Why: I must admit, at first, I was somewhat nervous about this book. I have never seen tempers so heated over an election. It is what makes our country fabulous, the ability to like and dislike, the ability to choose those in the power. But, whether you are for or against Hillary is making strides that no woman has made toward the Presidency.
Need & Want: This one was tricky because it involves the author and the story as something happens.
The want: To see Hillary from a woman's perspective and all she has done for women.
Need: The author needs the reader to see Hillary as vulnerable, choosing scenes such as the headband, how Hillary heard heartbreaking stories of other women, and Hillary falling madly deeply in love and putting her life on hold for Bill. The book makes Hillary an ordinary woman, emotions, tenderness, and not the tough cookie she portrays on television.