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The Bravest Woman in America (Junior Library Guild Selection) Hardcover – July 12, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


Review, School Library Journal, July 1, 2011:
"The simple, well-chosen text paired with the rich, impressionistic watercolor, ink, and acrylic art make this an excellent choice for a Women’s History Month read-aloud."

Review, Booklist, July 1, 2011:
"...the story is well told and dramatic, and Lewis makes a fine young heroine."

Review, The Horn Book, July/August 2011:
"The stirring events are beautifully visualized in U’Ren’s painterly watercolor, ink, and acrylic art: dark blues and greens suggest profound depths beneath waves that splash exuberantly under a luminous, ever-changing sky; the Lewis family brims with character and energy while Ida herself exudes good humor and determination; and the pivotal rescue is taut with compassion as well as drama. Altogether, this is an inviting introduction to a bygone but ever-intriguing profession."

Review, The Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2011:
" Marissa Moss's telling, and with Andrea U'Ren's rich, color-soaked illustrations, Ida's good cheer, moxie and resourcefulness evoke the work ethic of her time as much as her own intrepidness."

About the Author

MARISSA MOSS has written and illustrated more than 40 books. Her latest book with Tricycle Press, Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee, also a picture book biography about a strong female, was named a 2010 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Booklist 2010 Top Ten Biography, and an Amelia Bloomer Project Selection.

ANDREA U'REN is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Mary Smith; Pugdog; Stormy's Hat, Just Right for a Railroad Man, written by Eric Kimmel; One Potato, Two Potato, written by Cynthia DeFelice; and Feeding the Sheep, written by Leda Schubert. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and The Cooper Union.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582463697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463698
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marissa Moss has been telling stories and drawing pictures to go with them for as long as she can remember. She sent her first book to publishers when she was nine, but it wasn't very good and it never got published. She didn't try again until she was a grown-up, but since then she hasn't stopped.

The idea for the first Amelia's Notebook came from the notebook Moss kept when she was a kid. Amelia is a lot like her and the things that happen to Amelia really happened to Marissa (mostly).

Along with Amelia, Moss has created many characters and is especially drawn to history. Historical books allows her to imagine what it's like to be alive in a different place at a completely different time. And then there are the Max Disaster books which allow her to play with scientific experiments, inventions, and comic strips.

Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on July 18, 2011
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Moss does a great job of introducing us to Ida, whose greatest passion is the ocean, in all its forms. Her eagerness is demonstrated through her determination to learn to row the boat that takes her father out to the island to check the lighthouse. U'Ren's illustrations beautifully compliment Moss's descriptions by showing the reader Ida's love of the sea and her determination to do whatever it took to help her father run the lighthouse. I love how Moss shows us, Ida's determination and courage in gradually taking over the lighthouse keeping duties and rescuing people in trouble.

I found U'Ren's illustrations interesting. The use of ink and watercolor works well. I thought the use of outline especially effective in showing the solid shapes of people, land, and things, and the lack of outline on the ocean gives the reader a sense of the wildness and openness of the ocean. The use of framed illustrations provides a feeling of solidity and safety after the dangers of the ocean. All in all, I'd say this is one of my favorites this year. I look forward to sharing it with my students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bewildered Mom on November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This tale can be enjoyed and understood by children as young as five, and it is also appealing to children who are much older.

Born in 1842, Ida Lewis was an exuberant girl whose father taught her to row a boat and tend the lighthouse at Lime Rock. When her father grew ill, sixteen-year-old Ida took over his job watching the harbor and rescued a group of boys whose boat overturned in the choppy sea.

U'Ren uses watercolor, ink and acrylic in warm tones to capture the duality of the joyful and tormenting seas. She captures fierce determination in Ida's face in her rendering of Ida rowing to Lime Rock. On the last page, an arresting image of a smiling girl jauntily wearing her father's captain's hat educes confidence and pride resulting from a job well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Skuegler on March 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I read a lot of kids books with my 4 year-old. Of them all, this one is the best.

The story is engaging and the language is fresh and energetic. It keeps my kid engaged and, more importantly, it doesn't drive me to drink by the 99th reading. It tells a story of perseverance and courage, direct enough for a 4 year-old to grasp but not heavy-handed or preachy. It has a strong female character at its center. And no one's trying to market anything. It's magic.

For the record, I have zero connection with the author, this is the only book of hers I've even seen (yet).

The Lorax is wonderful. So is Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel. So is Velveteen Rabbit. I could read my kid Beatrix Potter all evening, and I have. But if I had to pick just one book to give to a little kid I loved very much, I would pick this.
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