Children - Social Studies

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250112491
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 2nd, 2017

In Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines we see Maya’s journey. At the time she was chosen to create her design, she was an unknown architect student. She was someone who wanted to build a special kind of wall that did not honor war, but the people who fought, died and had gone missing. But before that, this book shows were she came from, her imagination, how creative she always was, her life with artistic, educated parents and the fun she had with her older brother. The illustrations of Phumiruk are sweet and detailed. Yet, have a simplistic flair that makes them cozy to the eye.
This book is a great way to be introduced to history and to show you how an everyday person can make a great impact on art as well as history. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights by Kate Hannigan - Book Review

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By Kate Hannigan, Alison Jay (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781629794532
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Published: Calkins Creek Books - January 30th, 2018

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights. But that was not the end of her story. It was the middle of Lockwood’s journey to be one of the first women lawyers and to present a case at the Supreme Court. Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alison Jay tell the story of Lockwood in picture book format.
Jay’s style of illustrating is amazing. The “cracked paint look” gives you a feel of history. Bright colors that are not over powering, but give a bit of pop, help keep the story accessible. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten by Laura Veirs - Book Review

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By Laura Veirs, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452148571
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Published: Chronicle Books - January 16th, 2018

One word describes this book: Chills. It gave me chills to read, the illustrations give one chills and to read the story of Elizabeth Cotton? Yes, more chills. She had always heard music, but when she was a child she borrowed her brother’s guitar and taught herself to play. But not just in the usual way. She was left handed and had to play her brothers guitar “upside down and backwards” to make it feel right. Over the years she played and wrote songs. But life got in the way and she stopped playing. She married, had a child and divorced. It was not until she was an old woman and had a chance meeting with someone from a very famous musical family hat people would hear “Freight Train” (a song she wrote before she was 13) and the other folk songs she performed. All ages, though younger children may not appreciate the subject as much. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Becoming Bach by Tom Leonard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626722866
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 28th, 2017

For Johan Sebastian, there was always music. This amazing colorful picture book introduces the life of a man that wanted to become a “bach” (musician). He took the patterns he heard and saw and created music from that. Considered one of the most important composers of all time (though it was not always that way) Bach’s story is captivating. Read the illustrations of Leonard as they are works of art by themselves. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Women Who Dared: 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels by Linda Skeers - Book Review

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By Linda Skeers, Livi Gosling (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492653271
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - September 5th, 2017

Fifty-two women who have shaped the world by doing things “women are not supposed to do” are introduced with one page biographies. Skeers and Gosling write about women from all over the world; who come from a variety of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. Some names are familiar and others might not be, but all are truly amazing. Great introduction of these people for ages 8 to 10. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780823420476
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Published: Holiday House - November 7th, 2017

A story to inspire us, and remind us - never stop trying to change our world! Harriet had many names - Conductor, Spy, Daughter, Moses - and this book tells them all, and shows us, with beautiful illustration and text, the life of a great women and hero! ~ Reviewed by Leah Moore


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