|Hillary Rodham Clinton : do all the good you can
Author: Levinson, Cynthia
A middle-grade biography about Hillary Rodham Clinton--First Lady, Senator, Secretary Of State, and potential Democratic Candidate for President in 2016.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 7.40
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 182510
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/15)
School Library Journal (-) (11/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2015 Over the summer, a reporter e-mailed to ask about Hillary Clinton books aimed at kids for an article she was writing. I replied that almost all of the titles available were in series about first ladies or famous women, but that as election time grew closer, there should be more.The election may be a year away but, to say the least, the books have begun to arrive. Cynthia Levinson’s Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can (2016), aimed at a slightly younger crowd, covers much of the same territory, though the emphasis here, as the subtitle indicates, is how a predilection for service is the key to understanding Clinton. Levinson, who attended Wellesley at the same time as Clinton, includes some original research amid interviews with friends and advisers. Denser detail gives way to more bullet-point-style writing here, but readers will still come away with a sense of what makes Hillary run, even in the face of overwhelming odds.If the last election taught us anything, it’s far too early to be fitting the Oval Office chair quite yet, but these four books make clear that, regardless of the outcome, Clinton’s place in history is already secure. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2015 Gr 7 Up—This comprehensive, well-documented account of Hillary Clinton's life and public service begins with her Chicago childhood and ends with the early days of her current presidential candidacy. The book draws on many sources, especially the politician's own accounts of her life, to describe how Clinton's desire to "do all the good you can" has guided her beliefs, choices, and actions. The author is admiring of Clinton, praising her many accomplishments and framing some of Clinton's mistakes as the result of her drive to "do good" and achieve her personal and public policy goals. Levinson is critical of Clinton's vote to authorize the war in Iraq but is more understanding of some of her missteps and occasionally blames politics as the motivation for those who criticized or opposed her. Clinton's life has been covered in numerous YA biographies, and this volume offers much more detail than titles such as Michael Burgan's Hillary Clinton (Raintree, 2014). However, at least some of those details, such as lists of the reasons why Clinton's healthcare initiative failed, her improvements to the White House, and the intricacies of the Democratic presidential delegate selection process, are dry and detract from the main narrative. The level of information in this book will be helpful to report writers, but there's a little too much praise of Clinton to make this truly well-balanced. As Clinton's candidacy progresses, this title may date quickly. VERDICT A supplemental purchase.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.