|Ruth Bader Ginsburg : the case of R. B. G. vs. inequality|
Author: Winter, Jonah
The remarkable story of how one woman overcame obstacles to become the first female Jewish Supreme Court Justice in the United States, and a symbol of justice for so many.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 5.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 190321
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 6.20
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 71757
Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/01/17)
School Library Journal (08/01/17)
Booklist (+) (09/01/17)
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 Gr 3 Up—"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: During this trial, you will learn about a little girl who had no clue just how important she would become. You will see the unfair world she was born into—where boys were valued more than girls, where women were not encouraged to achieve and aspire…Here are the facts of her case." Thus begins this clever, engaging picture book biography, which chronicles Ginsburg's early years in Brooklyn, at Cornell, and beyond, highlighting the obstacles she encountered at every turn. Readers are asked to act as the jury, examining the injustices the young lawyer faced: "Exhibit F: Even among the law firms supposedly open to hiring women, not one firm would hire her. She was a woman, she was Jewish, AND she was a mother." The illustrations, rendered in gouache, ink, and Photoshop, illuminate the text with humor and sophistication. One page features the young college student perched under the sink in the bathroom, secretly studying—everyone knew a smart, studious girl would never get asked on a date. Another shows caricatures of the large, black-robed male justices yawning, angry, or perplexed as a tiny Ginsburg reads one of her famous "dissents." The endpapers feature shelves and shelves of books in the same muted tones of the book—cream, pale pink, black, gray, and brown. Pair with Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Baddeley's I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, another fabulous picture book biography on the subject. VERDICT An excellent addition to "Mighty Girl" collections!—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 09/01/2017 *Starred Review* Though the inimitable Ruth Bader Ginsburg may, at first glance, seem an odd subject for a picture book, this biography, cleverly framed as a court case, is focused primarily on empowering young readers from an early age. In his opening statement, Winter (The Secret Project, 2017) delivers an indictment of the world in which a young Ruth was raised: “You will see the unfair world she was born into—where boys were valued more than girls, where women were not encouraged to achieve and aspire.” After a brief overview of Ruth’s early life—she was born to a mother who loved learning and wanted her daughter to have an education, and to a father who believed “a woman’s place was in the home”—the book delves into the skills Ruth possessed that would make her a good lawyer, her successes in school, and the persecution she faced as a woman, a Jew, and a mother. Examples of the “outrageous nonsense Ruth endured” are presented as evidence, but through toughness, determination, and intelligence, Ruth persevered, paving the way for a new generation of women. Innerst’s digital gouache-and-ink illustrations are as matter-of-fact as the text, clearly offering up facts that showcase what Ruth faced throughout her life. A smart, sometimes biting biography that proves it’s never too early to start teaching kids about justice. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.