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 Only woman in the photo : Frances Perkins & her New Deal for America
 Author: Krull, Kathleen

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2020)

 Dewey: 331.092
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: [41] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 533312 ISBN: 9781481491518
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Perkins, Frances, -- 1880-1965
 United States. -- Department of Labor -- Officials and employees -- Biography
 Women cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography
 Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography
 New Deal, 1933-1939
 Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography
 Social reformers -- United States -- Biography

Price: $23.28

Biography of Frances Perkins, the first female member of the presidential cabinet, and architect of much of the New Deal legislation as Secretary of Labor.

 Illustrator: Bye, Alexandra
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 6.20
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 510777

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/19)
   School Library Journal (01/01/20)
   Booklist (+) (11/15/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/12/19)
 The Hornbook (00/03/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 11/15/2019 *Starred Review* Frances Perkins is credited with creating the U.S. Social Security system, so she's long overdue for some attention. This handsome picture-book biography traces her life as a soft-spoken young girl through her 14-year stint as Secretary of Labor during the FDR administration. The accessible text relates how Perkins came from a long line of strong women and how she was not shy about breaking barriers, whether pursuing college studies, forging a career in the nascent field of social work, exposing unsafe, unsanitary working conditions in New York City, or becoming the first woman ever to hold an executive cabinet post. The title refers to her unique status, and the narrative addresses the blatant discrimination she faced throughout her career. Vignettes show how she managed to win over her exclusively male colleagues through her soft but determined manner and sense of humor. Well-chosen quotes appear in oversize, swirling fonts, and the nuanced digital illustrations provide period details. Age-appropriate resources about this remarkable woman are scarce, which is a shame, because Perkins' story is compelling. The book's presentation is appealing, the content is suitable for reading aloud, and the back matter and list of sources will be appreciated by researchers. This is a fitting tribute for an inspirational role model. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2020 Gr 3–6—Before she became a member of Franklin Roosevelt's cabinet, Frances Perkins was a shy girl who loved literature. While a college student at Mount Holyoke in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Perkins was required to observe the working conditions at local textile and paper mills. The treatment of the adult and children factory workers was horrifying to witness. She wrote articles about the terrible working environments and then earned a job documenting these conditions. After the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Perkins advocated for many of the fire safety features that are available today in every public building, like glass cases with fire extinguishers, fire exits, fire drills, and water sprinklers. She became the first woman to serve as a cabinet secretary for FDR and was a crucial part of the New Deal. The illustrations are detailed without being too dense and help move the narrative forward. The text also contains details about the sexism Perkins faced and could start discussions about how society's attitudes toward gender have changed or stayed the same over the course of history. VERDICT This would be a serviceable biographical addition to any library collection. A resource for anyone who wishes to learn more about the women who helped shape the United States.—Debbie Tanner, S D Spady Montessori Elementary, FL - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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