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Books About Amazing Women
Did you know that people think differently about butterflies, physical differences, art, music, and sports today than in times past? Have you ever thought that one person can change an entire country and save hundreds of lives? Celebrate some of the amazing women who have affected more lives than they could have imagined, all on the pages of these books.
For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart
Two 18th century siblings became known for their musical genius as they performed across Europe. Wolfgang grew up to be well known while the life and music of Maria Anna, his older sister, was eclipsed by the period. Maria's life and talent is presented in the form of a piano sonata, handsomely illustrated — bringing the people and the period to life.
In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage
Augusta Savage was a born artist, making clay figures even as a child. She pursued her passion, actually earning money for her family until she was old enough to travel from her rural Florida home to New York City where she studied at Cooper Union and became part of what is now known as the Harlem Renaissance.
Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto
The story of a Polish woman who helped over 400 Jewish children escape Nazi-occupied Warsaw is presented in a sophisticated, evocative, realistically illustrated picture book format. Source notes and additional resources conclude this riveting account.
Odetta: The Queen of Folk
The life and music of Odetta who became an influential folksinger and civil rights activist is revealed in lyrical, rhythmic language and evocative, swirling illustration. An affectionate afterword by the author provides factual information about the person and her influence.
Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights
No one knew that when "Bus #2857 rolled off the assembly line in 1948
[that it] would be famous
" but it did when a woman refused to give up her seat on that bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks' story of bravery is effectively told in simple text and illustration. That bus is now in Michigan's Henry Ford Museum.
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story
Effa Manley, born when jazz was new and sports were segregated, was passionate about fairness and baseball. She was to become the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with players from the Negro Baseball League. Her life is presented in stylized illustration and clear text, for an intriguing portrait of a person and a time.
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
From a poor girl who had "a dancing beat in her feet ever since she was a bitty girl" to when she finally got a chance to perform with a professional band, Ella Fitzgerald set the world of music on its ear. Her early life is presented in energetic, downright jazzy text and richly hued illustrations.
Stand Straight, Ella Kate
As she continued to grow (and grow), Ella Kate's parents told her to stand straight. This gave Ella Kate the confidence to do and see things that other 19th century women could only dream of, including owning a special house to accommodate her gigantic size. Ella Kate narrates this fictionalized look at her life and travels, and her parents' unfailing loyalty.
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
Butterflies were once thought to be "beasts of the devil." Maria Merian, a perceptive young German naturalist, knew better. She recorded her notes and drawings on the butterflies' transformation in secret so that she would not be accused of witchcraft and later became a famous scientist and artist who helped the rest of the world understand natural life cycles. Margarita Engle brings her extraordinary story to life, accompanied by Julie Paschkis' gorgeous illustrations.
Tillie the Terrible Swede
Tillie Anderson emigrated to the U.S. from Sweden with a sewing needle and a strong sense of what might be. During the 1890s, Tillie trained and became a winning bicycle racer — using her tailoring skills to make more suitable racing outfits! Lighthearted illustrations and informal text tell Tillie's memorable tale.
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