From School Library Journal
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.
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