Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage
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Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage [Hardcover]

Claire Rudolf Murphy , Stacey Schuett
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October 1, 2011 4 and up Preschool and up650L (What's this?)
All Bessie wants is to go hiking with her father and brothers. But it s 1896 and girls don t get to hike. They can t vote either, which Bessie discovers when Susan B. Anthony comes to town to help lead the campaign for women s suffrage. Inspired by the great woman, Bessie becomes involved in the movement and discovers that hiking is only one of the many things that women and girls aren t allowed to do. But small efforts can result in small changes and maybe even big ones.

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About the Author

CLAIRE RUDOLF MURPHY is the author of seventeen books of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, including Children of Alcatraz: Growing Up on the Rock; Daughters of the Desert: Remarkable Women of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions; and Children of the Gold Rush Her awards include a Willa Cather Award and a Sequoyah Children s Book Award. She has a degree in history as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing and has taught creative writing for many years. Murphy lives in Washington.

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  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561455938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561455935
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Marching with Aunt Susan September 16, 2011
By AFritz
Wonderful book for young girls. This title is a must for all elementary libraries. I especially like it as a read aloud. Well written and beautifully illustrated, it captures women's suffrage from the point of view of a likeable young girl. I'll be giving "Marching with Aunt Susan" to all the young girls in my circle for Chirstmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marching with Aunt Susan March 19, 2012
In this historical picture book published in 2011, the 100th anniversary of the establishment of women's suffrage in California, author Claire Rudolf Murphy imagines the girlhood of Bessie Keith Pond, a real ten-year old girl who lived in Berkeley, California in 1896, the first year that a referendum on women's suffrage was on the California ballot.

All Bessie wants is to go hiking with her Papa and her brothers, but when they leave without her, she gets a chance to meet a famous guest at her home--the elderly Susan B. Anthony. "Aunt Susan," as she's called by all the women in attendance at their tea, is in California for a women's suffrage rally in San Francisco. Bessie's so inspired by Susan B. Anthony's speech that she recruits her friend Rita to come with her to work at suffrage headquarters, writing letters, licking envelopes, and painting posters. Bessie soon learns that there's lots of things besides hiking that girls aren't allowed to do. Although suffrage did not succeed in that referendum, the book ends on a hopeful note as Bessie's Mama learns to ride a bicycle--a symbol of freedom for women, and Papa decides to take Bessie hiking after all.

Illustrator Stacy Schuett's vibrant illustrations, rendered in gouache on watercolor paper, greatly enhance the narrative. The book is supplemented with extensive back matter, including an author's note, further information on Bessie Keith Pond, the California suffrage campaign, Susan B. Anthony, and suffrage history. A bibliography of further resources for young readers, including web resources, is also included. The endpapers are illustrated with a variety of historical newspaper clippings and other historic materials which readers can peruse.

Marching with Aunt Susan is a perfect book to share during Women's History Month, and was honored by the Amelia Bloomer Project as a 2012 pick on their recommended feminist literature for children list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for teaching October 8, 2013
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Using this to help my class understand history through literature. This book gives an authentic learning experience and helps students understand and remember something textbooks often make boring and difficult
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By Shelli
Marching with Aunt Susan is a very moving picture book told through the perspective of a young girl named Bessie who got to meet Susan B. Anthony, otherwise known as Aunt Susan. Ms. Anthony helped cultivate Bessie’s passion for the suffrage movement and equality into a burning flame. Sadly Susan B. Anthony was never able to legally cast her own vote, but due to her lifelong struggle and inspirational speeches girls like Bessie continued the work since “Failure was impossible.” Together, Claire Rudolf Murphy and Stacy Schuett created a beautiful story, based on real events and people, to inspire everyone to exercise their right to vote, something that was fought long and hard for.
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A daughter of the West, Claire Rudolf Murphy is the author of fifteen award-wining fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults, including Marching With Aunt Susan, Children of Alcatraz and I Am Sacajawea, I Am York: Our Journey West with Lewis and Clark. Her passion is writing stories about outsiders in American history, characters who have persevered over incredible odds. Her high school teacher's love of history and her parents' passion for politics and books inspired Claire to major in history at Santa Clara University.

Claire's extended writing community has helped her persevere during twenty years in the business, including the faculty and students at Hamline University 's low residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, where she currently teaches.

Find out more about Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children program at
Formerly a secondary language arts teacher, Claire and her family lived in Alaska for twenty-four years. Many of her books evolved out of her fascination with the native cultures and gold rush history of the 49th state. She now resides in her hometown of Spokane where she continues to write, visit schools and teach creative writing workshops. Her children Conor and Megan, their friends, and Claire's many nieces and nephews have given her insights over the years about kids and teens. Americans who have fought for equal rights in every arena continue to inspire Claire today.

When not writing and reading Claire enjoys sports and music, and building an energy efficient, sustainable home where she plans to write for many years.

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In 2006, Claire was honored with the WORD Outstanding Author award:

"WORD is pleased to recognize Washington author, storyteller and writing instructor, Claire Rudolf Murphy, for her outstanding contributions to children's literature and literacy here in Washington State. [...] Claire has a heart for teaching as well and delights in every opportunity she has to interact with students in classroom visits. Additionally, she has been an active supporter of SACIRA: presenting at meetings, donating books for teachers, subsidizing her classroom visits to poorer schools and helping to bring other authors to the Spokane area to enrich the literacy skills of Spokane area children. Claire is a shining example of what it means to give back to your community."

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