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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Lives Of . . .
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152008071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152008079
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Just in time for Women's History Month comes the Audio Bookshelf adaptation of Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought). The latest book in the excellent Lives of... biography series by Kathleen Krull, illus. by Kathryn Hewitt, comes to colorful life via Melissa Hughes's sharp performance. From Cleopatra to Eleanor Roosevelt, concise profiles provide fun and fascinating facts about notable female role models from around the globe.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8-As with other titles in this nicely thought-out series, Krull whets readers' appetites with brief biographies of some amazing individuals. Most of these women will be familiar to students, but a few obscure figures are introduced. The writing tends toward gossip in places. (Isabella I of Spain reportedly took only two baths in her lifetime.) Like gossip, each chapter is enticing. A full-page caricature of the subject opens each chapter. The stories are arranged chronologically, beginning with Cleopatra, who reportedly spoke eight languages, and concluding with Guatemalan leader Rigoberta Mench#, who fights for native Indian rights. "Ever After" sections reveal aftereffects of each person's contribution to history. The gaps left by the absence of Margaret Thatcher and Benazir Bhutto are filled by the more obscure likes of Nzingha, Gertrude Bell, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Don Nardo's Women Leaders of Nations (Lucent, 1998) aptly complements Extraordinary Women. The jacket art offers evidence of the fun inside-Queen Victoria looks not amusedly at Marie Antoinette toying with her riches. Catherine holds an "I AM GREAT" sign. Joan of Arc chats with Eleanor of Aquitaine. And Cleopatra walks like an Egyptian. A captivating browsers' delight and a jumping-off point for report writers.
Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By CINDY C. DASHNAW on January 26, 2003
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Criticizing the treatment women usually get from authors, Krull writes, "Traditionally, historians have talked most often about what powerful women looked like." Unfortunately, she then proceeds to share with us that Cleopatra wore pastel robes of filmy silk, Isabella took only two baths in her life, Elizabeth was a flirt, Catherine the Great rubbed her face with an ice cube, Marie Antoinette was passionate about feathered headdresses... Each chapter, about one woman of significance in history, is broken into the main section that gives very little insight into the woman's character or why the author considers her significant; the meatiest information is in smaller type at the end of a chapter, whimsically titled "Ever After." The author does take care to present women from more cultures than most authors do. But overall, I was disappointed in this book.
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77 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Barb on November 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Well-behaved women rarely make history," a quote by Laural Thatcher Ulrich, American Historian, are the first words of this book. That may very well be, but I don't think we have to try so hard to show children just how shocking some of our famous women were! Lives of Extraordinary Women is a compilation of twenty short biographies of important women in the world's history: such well-known names as Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette, and Harriet Tubman, as well as lesser-known individuals such as Nzingha, Gertrude Bell, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Although it looks like biographies, there is really little intellectual value to the book. It is merely a hodgepodge of trivia and unrelated gossip. The first chapter is called "Cleopatra: Life at the Library." Now, you would think that this would explore her love of reading and dertmination to build a world-famous library in Alexandria. Instead, it is all about her numerous love-affairs, particularly the one with herself, experimenting with hairstyles, make-up, and perfume. The author tells us, "...she coped with the required marriage to her ten year-old brother. He turned up drowned, and another one was poisoned." There is a chapter on Nzingha - a West African queen. Some important aspects of her life we just must know are: "Rumor had her also murdering her nephew - and eating his heart," and "...she kept fifty young men as bodyguards...she made her favorites wear women's clothes." It gets even better! We simply can't live without knowing that Catherine the Great's husband, Peter, "heaped abuse on her, tortured their dogs...and brought his toy soldiers to bed, forcing her to participate in mock military maneuvers.Read more ›
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MLPlayfair on January 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Not just for girls, this oversize readable volume presents an overview of the biographies of 20 remarkable women throughout history, from Cleopatra to women still living today. Listed for "ages 8-12," it's up to you whether you want your 8-year-old reading the one or two questionable -- and reallay unnecessary -- passages I found referring to their more intimate proclivities. But this is an important book for kids who need to find heroes (and who doesn't) and go on to read more about them. The reading list in the back is disappointingly short -- but hey! Thank goodness for amazon.com and its incredible "search" program! I must admit, there were a couple of women here I knew nothing or next to nothing about. So I was pleasantly surprised to learn about them. Therefore, it's not just for kids.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amy Hanson on December 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A friend brought LIVES OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN to a huge Thanksgiving feast; the book was never put down, it was constantly being read by one or another parent, teenager, or was being read to a younger daughter. I was surprised by the vehemently negative review posted here, and it made me delay my order by one day. But in the end, I ordered it -- actually, I ordered two. I find this book to be a good starting-point, the bios are 2-3 pages and well-written, and the drawings are engaging. It's a good overview book to get girls interested in these women, and they can go from there if they want more information. I don't think the author intended it to be a comprehensive encyclopedia, so judging it by that standard is unfair. I bought the book for my daughter, 9, and a niece, 6. It's perfectly written for that sort of age range. I hope the author writes more of these books -- this one only includes women who became rulers of their country (queens, presidents, prime ministers, etc. -- the majority seem to be from Britain, but also extending to Israel, China, Africa). I'd love more books of this kind that focus on women writers, women artists, and other extraordinary women.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 16, 2000
Format: Library Binding
In Lives Of Extraordinary Women, Kathleen Krull focuses on twenty women down through history who have held political power and influence. These biographical pieces showcase queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, and revolutionary leaders. Some are notorious, others revered, and all were noteworthy women who succeeded in making their way through a male dominated. Enthusiastically recommended for school and community library collections, Lives Of Extraordinary Women's informative and engaging text is wonderfully illustrated throughout with the artistic talents of Kathryn Hewitt.
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