Markel, Michelle Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls are Born to Lead 20 pgs. Balzer & Bray (Harper Collins), 2016. $17.99 PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION
This is the story of
Hillary Clinton. It shows a bit of her childhood before rapidly moving into her
college years and adult life. We see her active participation in the womens
rights movement, speaking up for unrepresented groups like migrant works, the Vietnam
war, and much more. As her career evolved we learn about her continued passion
for womens rights across the world and the criticism she faced at every turn.
This book features top
notch engaging illustrations and I really like this author, but I did have a big problem with the opening. It states
that in the 1950’s “only boys had no ceilings on their dreams” and the
illustration features a large group of men including many African Americans. For
the time period, this statement doesn’t ring quite true. Also it is far from an unbiased biography and is strongly pro-Hillary. Hillary has accomplished quite a bit in her life so far, but I don't think that is all necessarily because she had to prove herself as a woman, which is the feeling this book puts out there. Just give me a balanced biography for kids. Enough details such as the political terminology and historical
events, that it would probably work best for 3 grade and up.
EL (K-3), EL -NO
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.