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:
"...in 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.