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Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight Hardcover – August 26, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416971297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416971290
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4—Krull incorporates imagery of flight throughout this adulatory overview of Clinton's life. From her thwarted childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut to her decision to sail through the clouds in a presidential bid, Clinton overcame numerous obstacles in the way of advancement for women. Hand-lettered inspirational quotations appear on each spread. Attractive watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations depict her disappointments and achievements. Visual elements such as balloons, birds, and planets reinforce the airborne theme. Extensive endnotes provide background about the scenes depicted. Independent readers might consult these pages for a more complete biography that ends with a list of all the women who have run for president plus related titles. Ardent Clinton supporters may relish this homage, but others probably would appreciate a more down-to-earth biography.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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From Booklist

Picture-book biographies of presidential candidates are something of a trend these days (including two recent biographies of Barack Obama and one of John McCain by his daughter). Hillary Clinton may be out of this year’s race, but she was an important part of it, and this offers an appealing portrait of a person who pursued her goals with a single-mindedness others lack. Krull’s text has a lofty tone befitting the book’s subtitle, while Bates’ pictures, with a stylish retro look, keep the focus on Clinton, capturing her in all her incarnations. Readers follow along as Hillary develops from a young girl who writes NASA that she wants to be an astronaut (NASA writes back that she can’t), to a teen inspired by an introduction to Martin Luther King Jr., to a woman involved in both career and causes. Bolstering the text is an effective five-page author’s note that divides the book by spreads and provides supplemental information. With inspiring messages sweeping across the pages (“Take the lead role in your own life”), this book champions both Clinton and hard work. Grades 1-3. --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

KATHLEEN KRULL is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers, which includes the successful Lives of... series. Kathleen Krull lives in San Diego, CA. Visit her at www.kathleenkrull.com AND http://facebook.com/kathleen.krull

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. King on November 4, 2008
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As a young girl, Hillary Rodham dreamed of being an astronaut. Although life would ultimately take her down a different path, her dreams served her well later in life. In Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight, author Kathleen Krull and illustrator Amy June Bates share the story of a little girl who followed her dreams and became an inspiration to millions of women of all ages.

Beautiful watercolor art and inspiring quotations accompany Krull's writing. We follow Hillary through her early education all the way to law school, from her time as First Lady of Arkansas to the First Lady of the United States, all the way to her historic run for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Hillary faced many obstacles along the way, but her hard work and determination to succeed are an incredible example to young girls with big dreams.

This book would be a good choice for classroom or home school use. In addition to the main story, Kathleen Krull has included five pages of more detailed information about the events covered in the book. This supplemental material is very interesting and will deepen an older child's understanding of Hillary Rodham Clinton's life and career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberta W. Preston on June 2, 2013
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It is wonderful to read about such an inspiring person. Reading about Hilary Clinton makes me think that a lot more is possible than we often realize. That is a message that will be clear to young readers of this book. I feel so fortunate that Hilary Clinton is a leader in our Country. We have been able to follow her firm, compassionate diplomacy. She instills a feeling of confidence and pride in America. She has done a stellar job as Secretary of State. I hope young readers will be inspired to follow in Hilary Clinton's footsteps.
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Our 2nd grade grand daughter read it and used it's contents for a power point presentation to her classmates. We scanned in the pictures as part of this presentation. The book told us such interesting things about Hilliary Clinton's childhood and what has inspired her. The book covered all her accomplishments in and easy to understand manner. I must read for all children!
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on September 25, 2008
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This is a wonderful children's book biography about Hillary Clinton. I am using it in my class along with the children's books about John McCain and Barack Obama. They are all great and good in their own way. They also bring out the personalities of their subjects. This book is very good in telling Hillary's story and the barriers to women that Hillary faced during her lifetime. Several were unknown to me. It brings a good portrait of the person and it provides hope for women who may want to become president someday. I'm very impressed with this book and am glad I ran into it at the Amazon site. I hadn't seen it in the stores.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on February 7, 2013
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I loved the book because my granddaughter was inspired by the fact that a little girl can dream and work to make that dream come true in many ways. That was the point in buying the book and point was taken!
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