Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
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Annotation: Presents brief profiles of politically influential women from American history and several leaders of other countries.
Catalog Number: #600034211
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: c2004
Illustrator: Jones, Douglas B.,
Pages: 80 p.
Territory: North America
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: 0-547-35050-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-547-35050-9
Dewey: 320
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Delightful and informative in equal parts, Thimmesh's collective biography profiles women who took up the fight for women's political rights. A story about a girl who is ridiculed for wanting to be president frames the introduction to the many women who have cleared the path that will eventually lead to a female president. Divided into groups such as suffragettes, First Ladies, and politicians in the U.S and around the world, the profiles include Edith Wilson, Jeanette Rankin, Margaret Chase Smith, Frances Perkins, Nancy Pelosi, and Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). The one- to two-page profiles are incisively written, highlighted by a quote, and illustrated with a wonderful, telling picture of each woman (e.g., Margaret Thatcher dressed in armor). In fact, it is Jones' pencil artwork, colored using Photoshop, which makes the book so enticing. With a hint of Robert McClosky's style yet still utterly modern, the illustrations personalize both the long list of women who have stepped up as well as the girl who is inspired by their stories. A time line and source notes are appended.
Horn Book
Concise profiles of dynamic first ladies (Eleanor Roosevelt; Hillary Clinton), pioneering feminists (Susan B. Anthony), and world leaders (Margaret Thatcher; Benazir Bhutto) are accompanied by color illustrations that don't always bear much resemblance to the subject. A framing device in which others try to dissuade a young girl with presidential aspirations ("Well, maybe you could marry a president...") seems silly and dated. Timeline. Bib., ind.
Kirkus Reviews
With uncommon brio, Thimmesh traces the course of women in the modern international political arena, profiling with even-handed admiration pivotal figures, from Susan B. Anthony to Condoleezza Rice and Benazir Bhutto, who have left, or are leaving, "a lasting footprint—whether it be pointy-toed and spike-heeled or rubber-soled and loosely laced—on the very bedrock of America" and the world. Jones debuts with a gallery of freely drawn, but recognizable portraits, alternating with a running subplot involving a circle of adults and children in exaggerated, theatrical poses unsuccessfully trying to persuade a child to give up her stubborn determination to become president of the US. Capped with a timeline, and a stunning mosaic of the White House made from thousands of microscopically tiny photos of girls and women, this natural follow-up to Lynne Cheney's more populous but US-focused A Is For Abigail (2003) offers a spectacular mix of entertainment, information, and inspiration. (source list, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Thimmesh provides 23 thumbnail sketches of women involved in politics in the United States and abroad. Her subjects are divided into six categories and tied together by cartoon vignettes of a young girl who wants to be president. Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sandra Day O'Connor, Geraldine Ferraro, and Margaret Thatcher are among the more obvious choices. Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Nancy Pelosi, and Mrs. J. L. Burn are less well known. The author briefly highlights each individual's primary achievements and importance and includes a well-chosen quotation from each one. An impressive list of source material and a time line conclude the presentation. Jones's color cartoons add interest and supplementary tidbits of information. Kathleen Krull's Lives of Extraordinary Women (Harcourt, 2000) covers a longer time span and contains longer entries; Thimmesh's title seems aimed at a slightly younger audience. A good choice in this election year, Madam President is an entertaining and informative choice.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Millbury Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 78-79) and index.
Word Count: 7,026
Reading Level: 8.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.3 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 84102 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.5 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q37864
Lexile: 1150L

Catherine Thimmesh’s inspiring look at the role of women in American politics—past, present, and future—is now available with updated sections on Hillary Rodham Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and Nancy Pelosi. From the time our government was being formed, women have fought their way from behind the scenes to the center of power and decision making. So, why not a woman in the White House? Two thousand eight may be the year!

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