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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080753188X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807531884
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 2-4-Concentrating on one incident from her subject's life, Malaspina describes how Anthony voted in the 1872 presidential election, then was arrested, tried, found guilty, and fined. She and her lawyer took the position that the 14th amendment, ratified in 1868, extended voting rights to women. The judge did not agree. The case, however, helped bring attention to the suffragist movement. Although women did not gain the right to vote until 1920, this book demonstrates how Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other early activists were tireless in their efforts. Period photographs of Anthony often present a stern demeanor, but James takes a somewhat different approach. His digital-media paintings depict an energetic, intense figure with pleasant features. Bold splashes of color add vividness to the pages. At one point, the author compares Anthony to Rosa Parks, another woman who challenged a law she viewed as unjust. Although not directly sourced, quotations appear to come from Anthony's writings and historical accounts of her trial. As another presidential election approaches, this title would be a good addition to voting or women's-history units.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A multitude of books have been written about Susan B. Anthony, and here, another picture book joins the ranks. The subtitle indicates the focus, which is on a single significant event in her life rather than a biographical overview. The sparse text, arranged much like prose poetry, begins by setting the time and place: Rochester, New York, November 1, 1872, days before Susan voted, and was arrested and put on trial. Her crime was voting when women were not allowed to do so. The narrative ends with the judge’s infamously unfair decision of guilty, whereupon Susan was fined $100. Embellished dialogue and descriptions lend an immediacy to the story, although there are occasional missing pieces (for instance, no explanation for why the trial was held in Canandaigua, New York, and not Rochester, where Susan lived). James’ softly drawn paintings focus on faces, which are well characterized and realistic, while other details are intentionally less defined. A strong, straightforward introduction to an activist kids that will return to as they grow older. Grades 2-4. --Julie Cummins

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Easy for young readers to read.
April A. Renn
Susan B. Anthony is one of those women who risked everything on November 5, 1872 when she cast her ballot for president of the United States.
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This is an inspiring story of a tenacious woman who stood up for what she believed in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Heart on Fire is an inspiring story of the struggles of Susan B. Anthony who advocated for women's right to vote. Raised as a Quaker, Susan campaigned all her life for equality for women back in a time when women had few rights. On Nov. 1st, 1872, Susan went to the polls to cast her vote, but was greeted by confusion at the voter registration office. The inspectors said she had no right to vote because she was a woman, and only men could sign up to vote. Susan argued that under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, "all persons born in the United States have the same rights as citizens" and since Susan was a "person", she had the right to vote. She is allowed to vote because the inspectors cannot find any good reason to refuse her, but repercussions follow.

Because the law of the times made it illegal for women to vote, Susan is fined a hefty sum, and when she refuses, she is hauled up in front of a jury at court! Susan argues her case but her pleas for justice fall on deaf ears. She is found guilty and fined a hundred dollars plus court costs. Susan is determined and refuses not to pay a single penny. She continues advocating for women's right to vote and inspires others to take up the cause. Though Susan died before seeing her efforts come to fruition (she died on March 13, 1906), women such as Susan's friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and many others take up her cause and eventually the Nineteenth Amendment is passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified by the states on August 18, 1920, guaranteeing women's rights to vote.

How far women have come since the time of Susan B. Anthony, yet without strong, courageous women like Susan who defied the prejudices of the time to ensure justice prevailed, women might not have such freedoms and rights today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jyotsna Sreenivasan on October 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just in time for the election, here's a picture book about Susan B. Anthony voting for President in 1872--well before the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, officially acknowledging that women have the right to vote.

Anthony argued that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1868, gave women the right to vote because it stated that all citizens have equal rights.

She and 15 other women successfully registered to vote, and cast their ballots. However, soon after the election they were all arrested. Before her trial, Anthony toured the country, arguing her case before the American people.

Although she lost the case and was fined $100, she declared she would never pay a penny.

Anthony's story is told in simple language by Ann Malaspina, with appealing watercolor illustrations by Steve James. An appendix includes background information for adults, a short bibliography, and a reproduction of a letter Anthony wrote to her friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton after she voted.

This book would probably be most appropriate for ages 8 and up, because younger children may not understand the legal concepts. It could also be used as a quick introduction to voting rights, women's rights, and/or the 14th and 19th amendments, for older students.

I have included this book in my online Gender Equality Bookstore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April A. Renn on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
HEART ON FIRE: SUSAN B. ANTHONY VOTES FOR PRESIDENT is an exciting Children's book/history. The story of Susan B. Anthony,her trials,election laws,her triumphs,and Women's suffrage amendment begins in the 1800's. In 1869 Susan B. Anthony founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. Born a Quaker,arrested for voting for the President,trialed,found guilty,ordered to pay a fine which she never paid,carried an alligator purse, and never gave up her quest to vote. What an amazing lady! A great read! Educational and parents,history bluffs alike will enjoy this title. Easy for young readers to read. Has beautiful illustrations. I enjoyed learning more on this interesting lady. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
RATING: 4.5
HEAT RATING: NON(CHILDREN'S)
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
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More About the Author

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Ann Malaspina began her writing career as a newspaper reporter in Boston. Her books for children have been recognized with the ALA's Amelia Bloomer List, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Picture Book Award from the Asian Pacific American Library Association, International Reading Association, Horace Mann Upstanders Book Awards, lists of state reading associations,and Reading Rainbow. She is an MFA student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives with her family in New Jersey.

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