That's Betty!: The Story of Betty White
That's Betty!: The Story of Betty White
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Series: Who Did It First?   
Annotation: An innovative and joyful picture book biography that celebrates the life and achievements of TV legend, pioneer, and act... more
Catalog Number: #319020
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 48
Availability: Out of Stock from Publisher
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-79660-1 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-1960-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-79660-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-1960-0
Dewey: 921
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
A playful tour of Betty White’s life.A brown-skinned boy’s face lights up in class. Having just learned about a new assignment, choosing a “trailblazing woman” for a presentation, he knows precisely whom to study: Betty White. More than one person suggests he pick a more “traditional” subject, but the boy is adamant. At the library, the boy meets a mysterious woman in the stacks who just happens to be an expert on White and helps him bring his research to life. The boy learns all about White’s groundbreaking career, including her early days as a television host; her production credits, rare for women in the 1950s; her insistent support of a Black dancer during 1954’s The Betty White Show; her work for the American Humane Society; and her awards and starring roles. Finally, the boy is ready to dress up as his heroine for his class presentation. And who should appear in the classroom? That’s Betty! Sincere in its intentions but with some awkward moments (a character named “Darian the Vegetarian Librarian”), this LGBTQ+–friendly selection offers a mirror to children intent on being themselves and focusing on their unique interests, gender-typical or not. Lively illustrations feature a diverse cast. The boy has two fathers, one White and one Black, and the multiracial classroom includes a student in a wheelchair and a teacher with brown skin. (This book was reviewed digitally.)A well-intentioned biographical selection about Betty White that is consciously inclusive and diverse. (timeline, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 3-6 Cleverly written from a child's perspective, this biography will have readers loving Betty White more and more with each turn of the page. The story begins with a boy of color being given a school assignment to write about a "trailblazing woman." The boy knows immediately that he must write about Betty White but others around him aren't so certain. His teacher and one of his dads suggest that he choose someone "more traditional," but the boy isn't having it. At the library, he elicits help from Darian the Vegetarian Librarian and also unknowingly receives inside information from a beautiful older woman, wearing sunglasses and floppy hat, hiding amongst the stacks. Throughout his research, he learns that Betty hosted television shows and even produced them at a time when women weren't typically in that role. Betty also cast Arthur Duncan, a Black performer, in her program and was asked to choose someone "more traditional." He learns that not only is Betty a multi-Emmy Award winning actress, she also adores animals: "Despite all of her achievements as an actress, Betty has said that she is, first and foremost, someone who loves animals." Near the end of the book, the boy completes his research and is even offered help with his presentation from the mystery woman at the library, which he smartly accepts. It is only after his presentation that he realizes that the mystery woman is Betty White herself. VERDICT Written in preparation for White's upcoming 100th birthday in 2022, this is a must-have for all library shelves. Tracy Cronce, Stevens Point Pub. Sch. District, WI
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Screeniacs who think of I Love Lucy, Your Show of Shows, and other 1950s fodder as of the past are in for a surprise as Betty White was not only appearing before just about any of those aired but has been working in TV ever since, too. In this awed tribute, a young fan assigned to do a class presentation on a "trailblazing woman" braves the skepticism of their teacher and their dads to gain th help from both "Darian the Vegetarian Librarian" and an oddly knowledgeable older stranger whose identity is obvious from the get-go high-spots overview of White's multi-decade career, including her staunch refusal to replace an African American dancer she had cast for her early variety show. Donning wig and pearls for their presentation, the student climactically wows everyone in the class. Readers, too, will come away wowed, though a Sandy Duncan quip and an insufficiently unpacked description of The Mary Tyler Moore Show as a "feminist sitcom" may sail over younger ones' heads. Potter's illustrations feature some period flavor in the flashbacks (as well as lots of appealing dogs), and photos hooked to the closing time line add more.
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School Library Journal Starred Review (9/1/21)
Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

An innovative and joyful picture book biography that celebrates the life and achievements of TV legend, pioneer, and activist Betty White. Betty White is a legend and icon (but you already knew that). In her eighty-year career, she has starred on some of the most beloved shows of all time (like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls , along with dozens more) and has received multiple Emmy, American Comedy, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a Grammy and People's Choice Award, not to mention a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! More than creating some of the most memorable roles in history, Betty has helped to make the world a better and more equal place. Early in her career, at a time when women had little power in Hollywood, she starred in, directed, and produced her own shows, creating opportunities for other women and for people from marginalized groups. She has campaigned to end bullying and has stood up for the LGBTQIA+ community. And she has devoted much of her life advocating for the fair treatment of animals. This innovative picture book biography follows a young boy who is doing a class presentation about Betty White...with a little help from Betty herself! Whimsical yet fact-filled, That's Betty! tells the story of a life well-lived while celebrating Betty's many fans. A Who Did It First? Book


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