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Fritz maintains her reputation for fresh and lively historical writing with this biography of the 19th-century American feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902), imparting to her readers not just a sense of Stanton's accomplishments but a picture of the greater society Stanton strove to change. Stanton is first introduced in girlhood, mastering task after task in a futile effort to prove to her father that she was "just as good as any boy." Brightly told anecdotes tell of the adult Stanton's excitement in rousing audiences to concern for women's rights; Fritz sets the background by outlining the prevailing social sanctions against women speaking in public. She explores Stanton's responsibilities in raising seven children; her unconventional marriage; her long collaboration with Susan B. Anthony; her attempts to cope with dissension within the women's rights movement. Throughout, the author stresses Stanton's pluck and verve, quoting Stanton's sharp comebacks to "apple-headed" men or showing Stanton during the statewide celebration of her 80th birthday, using the attention to excoriate the church for its backwardness ("Susan must have groaned," Fritz conjectures). Highly entertaining and enlightening. Ages 10-14.
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Grade 3-6?Fritz applies her gift for creating engaging, thorough historical literature to a larger-than-life historical figure. Stanton was a radical among radicals, and this objective depiction of her life and times, as well as her work for women's rights, makes readers feel invested in her struggle. An appealing, full-page black-and-white drawing illustrates each chapter. For students who need a biography, this title should fly off the shelves with a minimum of booktalking. And it is so lively that it is equally suitable for leisure reading.?Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0870 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (February 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698117646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698117648
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The question I am most often asked," Jean Fritz says, "is how do I find my ideas? The answer is: I don't. Ideas find me. A character in history will suddenly step right out of the past and demand a book. Generally people don't bother to speak to me unless there's a good chance that I'll take them on." Throughout almost four decades of writing about history, Jean Fritz has taken on plenty of people, starting with George Washington in The Cabin Faced West (1958). Since then, her refreshingly informal historical biographies for children have been widely acclaimed as "unconventional," "good-humored," "witty," "irrepressible," and "extraordinary."In her role as biographer, Jean Fritz attempts to uncover the adventures and personalities behind each character she researches. "Once my character and I have reached an understanding," she explains, "then I begin the detective work--reading old books, old letters, old newspapers, and visiting the places where my subject lived. Often I turn up surprises and of course I pass these on." It is her penchant for making distant historical figures seem real that brings the characters to life and makes the biographies entertaining, informative, and filled with natural child appeal.An original and lively thinker, as well as an inspiration to children and adults, Jean Fritz is undeniably a master of her craft. She was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award by the American Library Association for her "substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature," and honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature, which was presented by the New York State Library Association for her body of work.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on August 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Jean Fritz does a remarkable job engaging the reader in the compelling tale of one woman's life... a woman who is often overshadowed in the popular culture.
Today's young girls will benefit in learning how much women of the past were much like they were AND had much fewer benefits AND how much they worked, created and moved their way towards their desired end result which we all benefit from today.
Fritz' tone is amusing and highly readible while covering the important facts at hand as well.
I am looking forward to having my daughter read this book so she can get to "know" Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Hoskins on June 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was a good one, I really enjoyed reading it. As a woman, I feel very lucky to be living in 2010 because it must have been miserable to live the way Mrs. Stanton had to in the 1800s. I feel very grateful for women like Susan B. Anthony and Lizzie Stanton because they are the reason women have the freedom they do. If they did not stand up for the rights of women we would not be as liberated as we are today. I believe this book would be appropriate for children in the fourth through ninth grade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Cady would always speak her mind if she thought something was wrong. She was a bit of a tomboy, and thought she would be able to do the things that boys did as a child. Then, as she got older, she relized that women's right's were not equal to men's rights. When she was old enough, she got married to Henry Stanton and Became Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She decided that since she had a little more freedom, she would go around, discussing the about this problem. She started doing protest speeches about it, too. Henry Stanton thought she took it way too far and decided to move out. Being that she had three boys, she was a single mom, struggling to spread her word about this and still trying to take care of them.

This book is very interesting and shows how a women could do this. I believe that if females keep strong, there will soon be a women president. Read on.............

--Chenda Anne Bunkasem
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By Jen in NC on March 29, 2015
Format: Paperback
I am a huge Jean Fritz fan, so I was surprised that I did not like this book. I was looking for a good book about women obtaining the right to vote, which is such a huge and important part of our history. However, I just could not stomach the terribly negative way that domestic life is portrayed in this story. While I want my kids to learn about standing up for what you believe in and working hard for your cause, I do not want them hating housework, seeing kids as a nuisance that cramps your style or believing that men and women are equal in every way. They are not.
For starters, men cannot have babies. That is a pretty big difference right there.

Did Lizzie Stanton really hate her domestic life *that much*? Someone has to organize the household, even in this day and age.
I am looking for other options for this topic.
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