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Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead Hardcover – January 5, 2016

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Gr 1–4—Framed in terms of the fight for equal opportunities for women, this picture book biography depicts Hillary Rodham Clinton's story as one of endless heroic struggles on behalf of the oppressed. Clinton is described as an excellent student who took an early leadership role among her peers, was inspired by hearing a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and later fearlessly advocated on behalf of women, people of color, children, and the poor. Her challenges in balancing work and family life, as well as the criticism she's received as a woman, make her willingness to conquer each new hurdle even more impressive. Employing deft and engaging prose, Markel covers much of the same ground Kathleen Krull did with Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight (S. & S., 2008) but provides far more specific details, though Krull's book offers a more impressionistic main text and extensive endnotes. The tone is relentlessly positive, making it difficult to get a well-rounded sense of Clinton as a person, and there is no reference to any of the political controversies surrounding her or Bill Clinton. Pham's evocative illustrations steal the show, varying in mood from whimsical to uplifting to sobering. Particularly effective is the contrast between the opening spread, which features well-known (and sepia-toned) men of the 1950s, and the concluding pages, which depict many vibrantly diverse and notable women of the 20th and 21st centuries. VERDICT A beautifully produced, if excessively laudatory, biography of a significant contemporary political figure; recommended for general collections.—Laura Simeon, Open Window School Library, WA

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“Smart and snappy…as inspiring as it is delightful.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Concisely outlines Clinton’s journey from activist to First Lad of Arkansas and on to Washington, D.C….Pham’s (the Freckleface Strawberry series) watercolors are steeped in period detail.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Both for fun and education…go-girl power and a good read.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[An] honest and open portrayal” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “The zingy images masterfully (and appropriately) incorporate fabric and stitches as well as old images of checks and time cards … This book has fighting spirit in spades-you go, Clara!” (Booklist (starred review))

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “Readers are treated to solid information with a buoyant message about standing up for what is right. Sweet has created an outstanding backdrop for Markel’s text with a vibrant collage of watercolor, gouache, blank dress-pattern paper, bookkeeping pages, stitches, and fabric pieces.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “Sweet incorporates images of assorted fabrics and stitch patterns into her tender illustrations, brightening the lives of workers whose reality was bleak.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “In her simple but powerful text Markel shows how multiple arrests, serious physical attacks, and endless misogyny failed to deter this remarkable woman as she set off on her lifelong path as a union activist.” (The Horn Book)

Praise for BRAVE GIRL: “Markel ably brings to life the plight of immigrant garment workers and Clara’s courageous advocacy.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Praise for TYRANNOSAURUS MATH: “This is a clever addition to the growing number of books that make a sometimes daunting subject both more understandable and just plain fun.” (School Library Journal)

Praise for ALL THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU: “In capturing the goofy spontaneity of affection and everyday family life without a whiff of treacle, Pham proves once again that she’s among the most natural and gifted illustrators working today.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Praise for VAMPERINA BALLERINA: “Pace’s funny, matter-of-fact advice ... works in harmony with Pham’s expressive watercolor pen-and-ink artwork ... kids who aren’t into frilly will welcome this departure from typical ballerina books.” (Booklist)

Praise for VAMPERINA BALLERINA: “Pace and Pham have choreographed a delightful tale ... readers will applaud this elegantly designed, well-told story. Brava, indeed.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for GRACE FOR PRESIDENT: “Pham’s deeply toned opaque and textured paintings of a multicultural group of children bring out the various details of each phase of a campaign. A timely, well-constructed explanation brought down to a level anyone can comprehend.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Praise for BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER: “Pham lends a fresh and funny perspective to the pros and cons of being second in the birth order...Pham has beautifully captured the touch-and-go affection that is a verity of sibling life.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Praise for BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER: “The illustrations have a bold, retro quality, and the examples of frustration and adoration are utterly familiar and timeless.” (New York Times Book Review)

Praise for A PIECE OF CAKE: “Captured in warm and bright illustrations that anthropomorphize animal friends, this story about doing the right thing and the power of friendship is a strong choice for story hours and classroom read-alouds.” (Booklist)

Praise for A PIECE OF CAKE: “A treat of a birthday picture book.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for A PIECE OF CAKE: “This will work remarkably well in a storytime setting, and there are plenty of opportunities for curricular tie-ins (particularly prediction and inference) for a school setting.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062381229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062381224
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Aside from whatever political leanings you or I have, this book is not only cute but timely. Girls need to know that they can be strong and lead in whatever capacity they want, president of the student body or President of the United States. Girls can dream to be anything.

When Hillary Clinton was a young lady, these things did not seem to exist for someone like her or any young girl but she made it happen and girls today can too. This is the story of how HillaryClinton grew up and did many things and still is making things happen today for herself. To this day, she encourages women all around the world to stand up and be counted.

This book is up-to-date and includes a timeline right up to 2015 when she announced her candidacy for President. My favorite is the one with Hillary Clinton and world doers and leaders.The illustrator includes notes in the back of the myriad of photos and articles she read in order to get correct drawings of Hillary Clinton.

I think this is a great book and I give it a 5 stars review.

Disclosure: I obtained this book from my local library. The view expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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Oh, no, this book seems to devalue the many women who came before and after Hillary Clinton and is just wildly sexist. Hillary also came from a privileged background, but this makes it sound like the female Messiah was born in a manger in Chicago. It pits women against men and that is not what feminism is about. I would think feminists everywhere would denounce this if even for it's portrayal of black men in the 50s pitted against the bright and shiny little girl.

As Kyle Smith wrote "Little Hillary, looking spunky in a bright-red dress, is set off against a gray and brown array of celebrated men of the time, including Nat King Cole and Jackie Robinson. “Only boys had no ceilings on their dreams,” go the harrumphing words.

So Nat King Cole, who was once attacked on stage during a concert by a gang of white supremacists, and Jackie Robinson, a sharecropper who on the baseball field had to listen to an opposing manager yell the N-word at him and shout “go back to the cotton fields,” had it easy compared to Hillary, the daughter of a wealthy businessman? And not only did they have it easy, they were part of a nefarious male conspiracy to hold back women."

ICKY, really not want you what children to read.
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I enjoyed this book--though I started out wondering what it could possibly tell me about Hillary Clinton that I didn't already know (and mostly unfavorable); however, this book shared some anecdotes that I hadn't heard yet and did impress me. Love her or hate her, Hillary has always stood out from the crowd and she has been doing the kind of work progressive liberals are known for: helping the poor, helping women, protecting children, striving for equality for all. Does it seem a little convenient to come out while she's seeking the nomination for presidential candidate? Sure. Does it make the things she's actually done for public service any less valid? No. Is it likely Hillary is going to continue putting herself out there to promote equality, education, and basic rights? Yes, definitely.

The drawings, by the way, were LOVELY. Both the anecdotes and illustrations were well done. Kudos to the authors.
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My five year old daughter loves this book. Well-written, bright colors.
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Reminds me of Soviet books about Lenin. The likeness is irresistible! Not a clever way to promote an American political leader.
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Michelle Markel brings a woman of our times to the pages of history for young girls. Every girl should know who has fought for her rights, and who has paved the way for women to lead on a global scale. Most moving in this book are the quotes from HRC herself. "Women's rights are human rights, once and for all."
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My daughter absolutely loved it! Well written.
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This well-researched and organized book is a must for all young girls to read. Women's rights are still an issue. Hillary Clinton is an important figure in this fight.

I enjoyed Hillary's background information. I had no idea that she was such an active community organizer when she was young. Girls and women need all the role models they can get, especially in American politics. This book definitely fills that need.

The illustrations are also very thoughtful. I like the back matter explaining the illustrators choices. I highly recommend this book!
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