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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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Gr 3–5—Ruth Bader Ginsburg grew up in a time different from today; girls were taught to aspire to be wives and mothers—not study at college and become lawyers. This picture book biography of Justice Ginsburg traces her achievements in the field of law back to her girlhood years, emphasizing for readers the importance of dissent in the face of an unequal society. Students will delight as they watch a young Ginsburg "protest" being forced to write with her right hand (she was left-handed) and "object" to being made to take home economics instead of shop class. The text goes on to briefly cover her high school, college, and law school years, as well as her marriage to Martin Ginsburg and the birth of her two children. The majority of the narrative focuses on Ginsburg's law career, her entry into the U.S. Supreme Court, and her work as an associate justice. The writing is appropriately succinct for its intended audience and is nicely complemented by Baddeley's richly illustrated cartoonish drawings. The use of colorful and bold typography to highlight words such as protest, object, dissent, disagree, and agree injects life into the work. Back matter includes photos of Ginsburg, more information on her life and the Supreme Court cases alluded to in the text, and a bibliography with quotation sources. VERDICT This dynamic offering is an essential purchase that will be useful for completing assignments as well as for pleasure reading.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library
"Speak purposefully and carry a big legal pad. . . . Read this and be inspired to work for justice through the legal system." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Baddeley and Levy [. . . .] demonstrate how disagreement can lead to meaningful discussion and doesn’t have to be personal. This lively, inviting, and informative biography of a historic woman will empower young ones to bravely voice their opinions." (Booklist, STARRED REVIEW)
"[A] spirited picture book biography of the second woman to sit on the high court." (Publishers Weekly)
*"This dynamic offering is an essential purchase that will be useful for completing assignments as well as for pleasure reading." (School Library Journal, STARREV REVIEW)
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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark (2016) by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, introduces readers to Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a child and follows her into adulthood and her time as a Supreme Court Justice.
Levy balances the picture book format with thoughtful text that provides just enough information without bogging down each page with large chunks of text. Baddely's bold and colorful illustrations make this book arresting from page one with her combination of hyper-realistic figures and more whimsical hand lettering for some of Ginsburg's bold statements throughout the book.
I Dissent includes many fun facts about Ginsburg (her husband did the cooking in the family, Ginsburg has a special collar she wears for dissenting opinions in court) which will surprise and delight readers who are learning about this remarkable woman for the first time. Because Levy covers aspects of most of Ginsburg's life, the book also includes a lot of information even for readers who might already know a bit about the Supreme Court justice. The book closes with backmatter that includes more information about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, notes on Supreme Court cases, a selected bibliography, and citations for the sources of quotes used in the book.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark is a must read for any young people interested in the US court system (or even older people--I learned a lot, not to mention tearing up at the end because I loved it so much), fans of the Notorious RBG, and, of course, feminists everywhere. Highly recommended!
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this was a wonderful introduction to Ruth Bader Ginsberg and really got me interested in her truly...Read more