From School Library Journal
Grade 2-3-Marzollo presents 36 alphabetical, one-page sketches of 45 famous figures from different time periods, cultures, and backgrounds, including Sequoya, Gandhi, George Washington, Beatrix Potter, and Marie and Pierre Curie. Women and ethnic minorities are well represented. From U.S. Presidents and world leaders to artists, scientists, astronauts, and athletes, the people all share a passion for their work and a willingness to take risks. The clearly written summaries focus on accomplishments and historical significance. The entries are accompanied by full-page watercolor paintings that successfully capture the spirit of the people. An excellent lead-in to Adler's fine "A Picture Book of..." series (Holiday). Eunice Weech, M.L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
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Gr. 2-4. In her introduction, Marzollo makes it clear that the 45 brief biographies in this collection "are meant only to introduce you to these folks" and that she hopes readers will want to investigate further elsewhere. Each subject (sometimes two or three related individuals are treated together) is given a double-page spread, with text on one page and a full-color watercolor painting on the other. Although pronunciation information is given for some words, for example cello, circa, Sequoya,
, many unfamiliar names and foreign phrases appear without guidelines. Most of the subjects are American, but Marzollo does profile a few figures from other times and nations--among them, Cleopatra, Peter the Great, and Beatrix Potter. She also includes individuals from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Libraries in need of collective biographies for younger readers or classroom teachers who can use very basic personal profiles may want to consider this attractive volume. Chris Sherman