Author: Slade, Suzanne
This inspiring picture book biography of activist Jane Addams focuses on the peace work that won her the Nobel Peace Prize.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: .5 Quiz: 189580
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 72434
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/17)
School Library Journal (07/01/17)
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School Library Journal - 07/01/2017 PreS-Gr 3—Slade continues her line of outstanding nonfiction picture books with her latest offering, about Jane Addams. Many young historians know Addams as the creator of Hull House in Chicago, but this title will give them a more well-rounded account of her life. Readers learn of her childhood hardships, including losing her mother as a toddler and being diagnosed with what doctors believed was tuberculosis of the spine. Addams was also a peace activist during World War I and was named the "most dangerous woman in America" by the FBI for her humanitarian work abroad in the years after the war. This short biography emphasizes the value of doing what is right despite criticism. Written in short, lyrical bursts, Addams's story will hold readers' attention. Back matter contains a time line and a more in-depth afterword. Soft pencil and watercolor illustrations recall the turn of the 20th century. In Slade's and Ratterree's hands, Addams's legacy shines brightly for the next generation of advocates. VERDICT A stirring addition to any school or public library's biography section. Pair with titles such as Tanya Lee Stone's The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams. Hand to readers looking to make a difference in the world.—Brittany Drehobl, Eisenhower Public Library District, IL - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2017 The life of social activist Jane Addams gets a full treatment in this picture-book biography. Losing her mother at age two sensitized young Jane, and her desire to help those less fortunate appeared at an early age. The book chronicles how Jane’s studies abroad opened her eyes to the poverty that upended the lives of so many, and when she returned to her home state of Illinois, she determined to build a settlement house in Chicago. The book shows that while Addams was initially considered almost a saint, her pacifist activities during WWI led to disillusionment and anger by those who thought she was helping the enemy. This point is not clearly made in the text, leaving it to the author’s note to make it understandable. The artwork, rendered in precise watercolor and ink, chronicles the important moments. Addams seems like a woman full of life, and this book doesn’t quite capture that experience. But it’s useful as a straightforward introduction to the dedication and purpose of an American heroine. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.