Rating: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? This early reader successfully introduces the “Notorious RBG” to the younger set. As each chapter unfurls, we learn the details of Ruth’s childhood, her inspirations, and just how hard this iconic figure has worked throughout her life to make an extraordinary difference for any cause she believes in. The illustrations are boldly colored and strike a nice balance between being child-friendly without becoming cartoonish. The text closes with additional interesting facts about Ginsburg, coupled with brief biographies of the other two female Supreme Court justices. A lovely tribute to Ruth’s husband, Martin, also rounds out this informational text. Additionally, a short ten question quiz challenges the reader to recall some of the important aspects of Ruth’s life. While this book is marketed to early elementary students, its level of detail and slightly more complex vocabulary renders it useful as a text for upper elementary students to utilize for biography research or reports.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who has enjoyed the “You Should Meet” series will want to add this to the collection, as well as those who wish to explore strong female role models.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Early readers, biography
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA
Date of review: 9/14/19