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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.
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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.
This is an inspirational coverage of many unusual women from past to present. The message is keep standing up. Life requires passion and faith.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
My daughter loves these books. This author is fantastic! I plan on getting more of the authors works because of the quality.Published 21 months ago by Candice M. Millard
This is a wonderful book that talks about some of the most influential women in our history. I love how she talks about their contributions and then the Ever After part that talks... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Paula A. Moore
We own a few books from this series and have such a great time reading them...but this is my favorite so far. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by D. Foster
I'm an adult and I loved this book. I plan to recommend it for all school libraries in our school district. Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Alexis Parks
We learn from history, but how hard it is to interest today's youth in long-dead people when the biographies often included in textbooks are ones laden with dates and boring facts... Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Mimbelina
Krull turns her talents yet once again to lives ofextraordinary people, this time the lives of extraordinary women. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by Debnance at Readerbuzz
I bought this book to coordinate with our history curriculum for our homeschooling this year. My daughter loves it so much that she's already been reading it, and we haven't even... Read morePublished on September 15, 2011 by Tiffany Partin
Great book to share with girls showing women as leaders - good and bad. Easy to read short stories in good historic context. Tells of some very familiar and some more obscure. Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Teri