- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: 0750 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (August 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763678937
- ISBN-13: 978-0763678937
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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K-Gr 3—A car made up of bright primary colors—yellow hood, blue doors, and red luggage compartment—transports suffragists Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, a kitten, and readers across the United States all in the name of "Votes for Women!" Throughout, the pacing is excellent, and Rockliff begins the adventure with a litany of items found inside the petite yellow vehicle ("tools,/spare parts,/a teeny-tiny typewriter") and introduces Richardson and Burke and emphasizes their determination to get the word out ("V. for W.!"). Readers will follow the two women (and their kitten) from New York City to Philadelphia, through a blizzard, a stop at an all-yellow luncheon, a stint in a circus parade, and more as they drive down South and along the U.S. and Mexican border all the way to California and back. Rockliff communicates the boundless energy of these two figures and adds touches of humor to lift the narrative; this small but significant historical moment is presented as accessible and fun without undermining the importance of Richardson, Burke, and the fight for women's equality. Hooper shows the women working together (a concluding image of Richardson handing Burke a daffodil is wonderful), the curiosity and interest on the faces of passersby (mainly white folks), and the dress and style of the times. While this is an excellent introduction to the efforts of suffragists, when discussing this text and the Nineteenth Amendment, librarians may want to clarify that statements such as "At last, American women had won the right to vote" (mentioned in the back matter section titled "Winning the Vote") did not always reflect the reality of African American women and other women of color, who often faced legal and illegal barriers to vote (especially in the South) until well into the 1960s. VERDICT Prepare for the arrival of the "little yellow car" into the hearts of readers; this charming and vibrant account of two lesser-known figures will bolster historical collections.—Della Farrell, School Library Journal
Rockliff’s snappy, sassy text is matched by Hooper’s inventive illustrations, which crackle with activity. Using yellow as the signature color throughout, she offers pictures that brim with humor, even as they capture the underlying notion that crossing the country in the early days of motoring was no picnic...kids with questions will find much in the back matter about the movement. A delightful way to introduce two fascinating historical figures. Three, counting the kitten.
—Booklist (starred review)
Rockliff communicates the boundless energy of these two figures and adds touches of humor to lift the narrative; this small but significant historical moment is presented as accessible and fun without undermining the importance of Richardson, Burke, and the fight for women’s equality...Prepare for the arrival of the "little yellow car" into the hearts of readers; this charming and vibrant account of two lesser-known figures will bolster historical collections.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
In an account as lively as it is informative, Rockliff (Mesmerized) commemorates the centennial of a daring, dangerous, and successful publicity stunt undertaken to promote women’s voting rights...Various shades of the movement’s signature color, yellow, feature prominently throughout, and endnotes offer additional details on the early automobile, as well as other key figures and milestones in the women’s suffrage movement.
A lively look at the ingenuity of women suffragists near the end of their long road to the vote.
Around America to Win the Vote will be a wonderful complement to classroom discussions during this election year and an important addition to the literature surrounding the upcoming centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The final message for all readers: Vote!
With illustrations that add excitement to the story, this will be an easy read for students and will provide opportunities for research of the suffragist movement in addition to the history of the automobile and road travel.
—School Library Connection
American women finally got the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment. But it had taken a lot of work and many years to get it done. This lively and colorful picture book, aimed at ages 5 and up, tells the tale of Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, who drove across the country from New York in 1916 to rally support for suffragettes.
—New York Post
This enchanting story of two dainty and untried women driving across America alone is a perfect example of the true spirit of American adventure...Rockliff’s prose is energetic and chock full of giggle-inspiring prose. Artist Hadley Hooper’s illustrations are a celebration of life.
—New York Journal of Books
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This book could easily be a part of a "women who changed the world" or "strong women activists" unit and be read with books like "Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children" and "Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell" and "Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa." Lots of classroom potential.
My Experience: I started reading Around America to Win the Vote for my 5 year-old son on 1/9/17 as his bedtime story. The next night, his dad read this book for him again before bed because he loved it so much. I read for him again on 1/12/17 because we loved the illustrations and the travel a lot. It’s definitely a great book to teach kids about history and respect for what women can do. The cool yellow car really did the trick in grabbing the kid’s attention. We both noticed how everyone wear a hat! One thing I wish the author could do was to include what is famous in each state or what the women collected as their souvenirs from each state that they passed through. The picture of the map shows GA and a peach, which is great, but what about other states? I really like the history background at the end of the book too, but since there’s no picture, my kid lost interest. Also, it would have been great if the picture indicate what the building represent in each state. I’m not sure if the landmark is famous in that state or if the illustration is just random. Overall, it’s a great children’s picture book to learn about what women did in 1916. I highly recommend this book for all kids!
Pro: non-fiction, history, women strength & bravery, illustrations, travel, USA map,
Con: lack of info of each state as they passed through 15 states from NY to CA
I rate it 4.5 stars!
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Candlewick Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please assure that my opinions are honest.
In 1916, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke departed New York City on a journey across America. Their cross country crusade was intended to show that women could do anything and should have the right to vote.
The book concludes with background information, source notes, and a bibliography.
Librarians will find this compelling story useful for teachers introducing the idea of the women’s movement to young history students.
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Published by Candlewick on August 2, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.
Women's right to vote took so many women to risk their lives to achieve this and most of us take it for granted. This is another great story about two brave women risking their lives but going about it the right way. Wonderful story written by Mara Rockcliff, illustrated by Hadley Hooper and published by Candlewick Press.
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