She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

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Annotation: Presents the inspirational lives of thirteen women from around the world who have persisted with their dreams when others told them to be quiet and have gone on to change history, science, literature and more.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #172224
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Boiger, Alexandra,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-525-51699-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3381-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-525-51699-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3381-6
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2018010820
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This companion to She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World (2017) introduces women from other countries, some well-known, others not, who overcame often enormous odds to follow their own paths. The subjects, each fascinating in her own right, include Kate Sheppard, who helped get New Zealand women the vote; Aisha Rateb, an Egyptian who worked to reform the country's legal system; and Yuan Yuan Tan, a Chinese ballet dancer, as well as more famous folk, such as J. K. Rowling and Malala Yousafzai. Each woman gets a buoyant two-page spread featuring Clinton's concise biographies set against Boiger's inventive artwork. Executed in watercolor and ink, the pictures tell their own stories, whether it's Malala in the center of a huge pink flower, each petal featuring another girl who is learning, or Marie Curie standing in front of a blackboard decorated with pictures of the previous male Nobel Prize winners, her children tugging at her skirt. One missing element: a time line or note that explains when these women lived. A solid addition to women's history shelves.
Horn Book
This globalized follow-up to She Persisted is a worthy entry point to female empowerment. Weighted toward Nobel Prize winners and activists, the list of thirteen featured women also includes less predictable choices such as J. K. Rowling and dancer Yuan Yuan Tan. Inspiring quotes accompany each brief profile, while watercolor and ink illustrations showcase the diverse women (and sometimes girls) at work.
Kirkus Reviews
A scope-broadening companion to She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World (2017).Arranged in their subjects' birth order (though frequently without any dates), the brief tributes focus on the achievements of selected women from countries other than the U.S. Activists' causes include the right to an education (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexico, and Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan), environmentalism (Wangari Maathai, Kenya), anti-war protests (Leymah Gbowee, Liberia) and women's suffrage (Kate Sheppard, New Zealand, whose cause included Maori women). Marie Curie gets a nod for her two Nobel prizes, Egyptian Aisha Rateb for her trailblazing legal career, and Joanne "J.K." Rowling for Harry Potter. Brazilian soccer star Sisleide "Sissi" Lima do Amor is the one athlete in the lineup. The roster is, overall, both racially and nationally diverse—though as Chinese-American dancer Yuan Yuan Tan has spent most of her life in this country, East Asia seems underrepresented. Personal detail is so skimpy that, for instance, readers will have to infer from context that Canadian civil rights activist Viola Desmond was a woman of color. Clinton does note that astronomer Caroline Herschel was barely 4 feet tall due to a childhood disease, and following an early accident, pioneering Indian doctor Mary Verghese worked from a wheelchair. Each entry appears with a visionary quote and, from Boiger, fluidly brushed watercolor portraits of the subject as a dignified adult and also, often, a child. There is no backmatter to guide inspired readers to further information."So, speak up, rise up, dream big," Clinton urges—but, again, offers only tantalizing glimpses of women who did that. (Informational picture book. 6-9)
Publishers Weekly
Clinton expands the reach of her bestselling picture book She Persisted, highlighting 13 women who have made history internationally. Her subjects include familiar contemporary figures J.K. Rowling and Malala Yousafzai, and others less widely recognizable: astronomer Caroline Herschel; suffragist and activist for indigenous Maori women, Kate Sheppard; and Viola Desmond, who refused to leave the whites-only section of a Canadian movie theater in 1946. Clinton again writes in a measured tone that is at once celebratory and defiant. Boiger's watercolor and ink artwork exudes warmth and subtle power, each spread carefully integrating colors and thematic elements germane to the subjects: Rowling's page features a dusky purple castle and a white owl in flight, while soccer player Sisleide Lima do Amor is surrounded by the colors of the Brazilian flag. Two brown-skinned children and a white child in a wheelchair bookend the story in an opening illustration, which shows them visiting a grand library, and again on a final spread. Clinton puts opportunity and responsibility in readers' hands: "So, speak up, rise up, dream big. These women did that and more. They persisted and so should you." Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
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Word Count: 1,709
Reading Level: 5.9
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 195354 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD1080L

The companion to Chelsea Clinton & Alexandra Boiger's #1 New York Times bestseller, She Persisted. Perfect for tiny activists, mini feminists and little kids who are ready to take on the world.

Women around the world have long dreamed big, even when they've been told their dreams didn't matter. They've spoken out, risen up and fought for what's right, even when they've been told to be quiet. Whether in science, the arts, sports or activism, women and girls throughout history have been determined to break barriers and change the status quo. They haven't let anyone get in their way and have helped us better understand our world and what's possible. In this companion book to She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to a group of thirteen incredible women who have shaped history all across the globe.

She Persisted Around the World is a book for everyone who has ever aimed high and been told to step down, for everyone who has ever raised their voice and been told to quiet down, and for everyone who has ever felt small, unimportant or unworthy.

Alexandra Boiger's vibrant artwork accompanies this inspiring text that shows readers of all ages that, no matter what obstacles come their way, they have the power to persist and succeed.

This book features: Marie Curie, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Viola Desmond, Sissi Lima do Amor, Leymah Gbowee, Caroline Herschel, Wangari Maathai, Aisha Rateb, J.K. Rowling, Kate Sheppard, Yuan Yuan Tan, Mary Verghese and Malala Yousafzai.

Praise for She Persisted Around the World:

"Clinton again writes in a measured tone that is at once celebratory and defiant. Boiger's watercolor and ink artwork exudes warmth and subtle power." --Publishers Weekly

Praise for She Persisted:

* "[A] lovely, moving work of children's literature [and a] polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Exemplary . . . This well-curated list will show children that women's voices have made themselves emphatically heard." --Booklist

"[She Persisted] will remind little girls that they can achieve their goals if they don't let obstacles get in the way." --Family Circle

"We can't wait to grab a copy for some of the awesome kids in our lives . . . and maybe some of the grown-ups, too." --Bustle

"A message we all need to hear." --Scary Mommy

"This will be a great read for kids (especially young girls)." --Romper

"We cannot wait for the launch of Smart Girl Chelsea Clinton's new book to help remind kids everywhere that the fearlessness that characterizes the thirteen women in the book is what has emboldened us to constantly strive for progress and justice." --Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

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