Miss Paul and the President: the Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote – Dean Robbins, illustrated by Nancy Zhang

51qgvw1-vwl   Miss Paul and the President: the Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote – Dean Robbins, illustrated by Nancy Zhang, Alfred A. Knopf, (9781101937204), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:   Picture Book Biography

What did you like about the book?  This is a picture book biography of Alice Paul a suffragette and founder of the National Woman’s Party.  Young Alice grew up on a farm and as a young girl wondered why her father would go off to vote while her mother stayed home.  Alice studied books on woman’s suffrage and organized a parade for women’s votes in Washington D.C. The parade coincided with the arrival of new President Woodrow Wilson who found “The whole city had gone to see Alice Paul’s parade…”  Alice met with the President, but was unable to persuade him to support her in 1914.  Alice did not give up and when the Nineteenth Amendment was passed, she cast a vote in the 1920 election.  The book includes an “Author’s Note” with more information on the 19th Amendment and a bibliography.  The colorful illustrations of watercolor, colored pencils and other media bring Alice’s story to life.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a good book to read aloud during Women’s History month. Hand this to students interested in the suffragist movement in the United States.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 324.6

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  1/24/17             

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