Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mary Walker wears the Pants by Cheryl Harness –ESSENTIAL

Harness, Cheryl and Illustrated by Molinari. Carlo  Mary Walker wears the Pants 32 pgs. Albert Whitman & Company, 2013. $14.42.  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

Mary Edwards Walker helped lay the ground work for the role of women today. She rebelled against the typical female conventions by becoming a doctor, wearing pants, and actively participating in the civil war. Although she was often ridiculed, she stood up for what she believed and made a difference through hard work, perseverance and sheer grit.

What a fantastic role model!! Never giving up, individuality, standing up for what is right and just, and being yourself! This was an excellent book! The book does a great job of laying out understandable context, both about a woman typical place in this time period, as well as the events. A general foundation in basic US history would be helpful though –works for lessons on role models, biographies, women’s rights, and of course, history.  

EL -ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

I really, really want this one! It's amazing how many of my girls have no clue at all about the limits women had even when I was there age. Definitely will have to purchase.