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Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World

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Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 1/1/2005 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mar 01, 2011 Q_Ayana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
“Reading people's life stories inspired me. I could empathize with their struggles, glory in their achievements, and use their examples to overcome the obstacles in my life” (Cynthia Chin-Lee – Author’s Note). Although the count of influential women is way more than twenty-six, this stellar compilation of biographies, highlights the lives of women, going through the alphabet, from A to Z (Amelia Earhart to Zora Neale Hurston). The women are ethnically-diverse, which provides great opportunities ...more
Kristina Robbins
Dec 29, 2016 Kristina Robbins rated it it was amazing
Yes, I'm reviewing a children's book. My sister in law gave this book to my husband's niece for Christmas and I got to read it to her. This book features short but information-filled blurbs about 26 badass women. Such a cool present and I actually learned a thing or two.
Aug 05, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing
Anna loved this book. She did wonder why most great women either had terrible childhoods or were imprisoned as adults. I just told her that adversity makes you strong and if you're going to change the world, expect a little jail time. ;)
Excellent. This book is thoughtfully constructed (Cynthia Chin-Lee deliberately lists the women by first name instead of patronym) with gorgeous illustrations. Each mini-profile contains a quote by the woman described. Hearing their actual voices through their words makes the biographies even more compelling. The collage-like illustrations are full of symbols and visually arresting details that also give the reader another way to connect with the woman on the page. I appreciated the diversity of ...more
This one I borrowed from the library, but after reading it, I simply HAVE to have it! (Amazon cart, I know you are full, but make room for one more!!) I adored everything about this book, from the unique multimedia illustrations to the inspiring quotes from the women. My favorite? "We have a choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place-or not to bother." --Jane Goodall

Each page is a short biography, beginning with Amelia Earhart and ending with Zora Hurston. While each pro
Apr 29, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing
CIP: none
Summary: a biography of 26 inspiring women from A to Z.

Review: This book is an amazing collection of biographies about fabulous women from Amelia Earhart to Zora Neale Hurston. There is a fantastic array of ethnicities, professions, hobbies, and religions to delight any reader from ages 6-12. It is inspiring and delightful to read these little snippets about so many strong women's lives and challenges, joys and struggles. The illustrations show great creativity with their mixed media, i
Mar 17, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing
Twenty-six women are highlighted from a variety of cultures, races, ethnicities and fields of accomplishment: one for each letter in the alphabet (e.g., Amelia Earhart, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin, Dolores Huerta, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc.) Each page features a brief biography and a famous quote. The extremely creative illustrations by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy are collages that are made from drawings, photographs, flowers, maps, cloth, and landscapes in an entertaining repr ...more
Lin Lin
Cynthia Chin-Lee, Megan Halsey, and Sean Addy wrote about and illustrated 26 women among all the women she researched about using the first names of each woman to downplay the patriarchal forces in their individual identity and development. All these women made a difference in their fields of endeavors by overcoming obstacles and barriers. Their undaunted determination, bravery, and persistence shape their lives and their identity. The author later on wrote another book about 26 men who changed ...more
Ch13_megan Carlisle
Mar 06, 2013 Ch13_megan Carlisle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: info-bios
Children and adults alike are introduced a collection of women who have made a significant dent in history. Chin-Lee includes women from a wide range of time periods and cultural backgrounds. The illustrations are beautifully crafted in mixed media collages. It is hard not to learn something while reading this book! I would recommended it for 3-12. Younger children can be introduced to these influential women and older students can use this text as a springboard for further exploration.
Taylor Kundel-Gower
Jun 08, 2015 Taylor Kundel-Gower rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-violet
I love the collage style illustrations. Women are amazing! WE ARE AMAZING.
Lauren Gray
Title: Amelia To Zora : Twenty-Six Women Who Changed The World
Author: Cynthia Chin-Lee
Illustrator: Megan Halsey and Sean Addy
Genre: Biography (3-5)
Theme(s): Women, History, Success, Honor, Appreciation

Opening line/sentence: “A is Amelia, celebrated pilot and adventurer.”

Brief Book Summary : Each page of the book is dedicated alphabetically to an influential women throughout history. The descriptions include a background of these individuals along with their accomplishments and an inspirational
Mar 23, 2017 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-memoir, 2017
26 accomplished and diverse women. One for each letter of the alphabet. Great to see all these women together in one book.
John Millard
Mar 09, 2017 John Millard rated it it was amazing
Another great book about inspiring women. I read this to my daughter tonight and was pleased that the overlap with Rad Woman Worldwide was scant.
Ashley Hietpas
Feb 25, 2017 Ashley Hietpas rated it really liked it
Loved the illustrations. Great choices minus one particular figure they should have done more research on.
An alphabet of famous women. I always think an A-to-Z format is problematic; often the material is aimed at children who have outgrown picture books. The information provided on each woman is necessarily limited to the merest glimpse.

That aside, the book could easily serve as a conversation starter about each of these famous people. I was fascinated by the range and diversity of the women covered in the book, especially the fact that the author included many women who are still alive. Kids ofte
Jan 02, 2017 Elizabeth added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: [GR] Readers [of _A is For Activist_] Also Enjoyed
I liked that this book included women from a variety of locations and time periods, whose impacts occurred in a variety of fields.

The subtitle "Women who Changed the World" feels like perhaps a bit much, but the women are all giants in their field and/or women who had a significant impact on the world.

The collage-style illustrations are neat, and each page has a representative quotation from the woman in question.

Although the profiles are brief, it's a lot to read all in one sitting, so I think
Nov 20, 2008 Jacquelyn rated it it was amazing
Genre: Nonfiction Reading level: Ages 5-10
The subjects of this biographical picture book seem to jump off the page and into the room with the reader. The author has taken the whole life of a woman, one for every letter of the alphabet, managed to toss it onto the page in a few sentences, and leave you feeling like you know the individual personally. By using the woman’s first name, selecting a few important facts, and including a quote from the subject, Chin-Lee sends a personal message rather t
While I liked this book, I didn't enjoy it enough to gush over it. The educational aspects of it were wonderful (and wonderfully done). The imagery that accompanied the narrative was not so great. It seemed cobbled together, partly because of the way the illustrations were done: sort of a collage-type effect. And one of the illustrations was downright disturbing: one of the photographers was portrayed by having her hand raised and holding a camera lens, through which you could see her eye. While ...more
Mckenzie Richardson
Awesome book! Beautiful and inspirational! I really enjoyed this book.
The artwork was phenomenal and is a great place to start to get young readers interesting in empowering woman.
I liked that Chin-Lee used the women's first names/given names rather than their family names for each letter. This helped put the focus on the actual woman being recognized.
There was a good variety of women from different backgrounds and occupations. The women were from all of the world, some very famous and some
Kathleen Behrendt
This non-fiction book gives a one page biogrpahy about 26 women who made a difference in our world - one for each letter of the alphabet using the given names of the women. These are brief biographies, with most mentioning childhod events. Each biography includes a quote from the woman. The women chosen are mostly, but not entirely, American. Most of the women featured are famous, familiar names with a few exceptions(see Grace Hopper). The mixed media illustrations are very interesting, with a d ...more
Marissa Garcia
Twenty-six exceptional women get loving treatment in this gorgeously collaged work of art. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a woman, and a distilled, comphrensive profile of her life accompanies a stunning illustration composed of vintage photographs, gadgets, stamps, dried foliage, recycled sheet music, metals, etc., as well as a quote from her own mouth. It's short, quick bios and visually stunning art make this a great early experience for learning about strong, amazing women. A ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 3rd-5th
This book features 26 different women who in some form impacted the world. Each biography is on 1 page and offers a couple of paragraphs about that particular woman and her achievement(s). It's set up in an easy format to read and gives just enough facts that you want to find out more about these particular women after getting a brief preview of their accomplishments. It covers various professions (such as pilot, athletes, writers, etc.), nationalities, and race. I was familiar with or had heard ...more
Marissa García
Twenty-six exceptional women get loving treatment in this gorgeously collaged work of art. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a woman, and a distilled, comphrensive profile of her life accompanies a stunning illustration composed of vintage photographs, gadgets, stamps, dried foliage, recycled sheet music, metals, etc., as well as a quote from her own mouth. It's short, quick bios and visually stunning art make this a great early experience to learning about strong, amazing women. A u ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Kari rated it really liked it
Little a and I read this together, while Big A "listened". I think the writer did a fabulous job of including a variety of women from all over the world, careers, and ethnic backgrounds. I enjoyed reading about some favourites; Amelia Earhart, Rachel Carson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Mother Tetesa, and Zora Neale Hurston. My girls knew some but not all of these. I also enjoyed learning about a few new or slightly known to me; Grace Hopper, Nawal Rl Sadaawi, Ursula Le Guin, Vijaya Lakshmi ...more
Amelia to Zora Twenty Six Women Who Changed the World is such a fasinating book. Talks about women who changed our history form Amelia Earhart, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Dolores Huerta, Eleanor Roosevelt to Zora Neale Hurston. Some women whom I did not know and some I did, women from all around the world. Women who worked with animals, fought for women's rights, became first ladies, played sports. These women shaped us and made us believe in a brighter tomorrow. Women wh ...more
This is a wonderful collection of mini-biographies of women who have made history. Cynthia Chin-Lee offers glimpses into the lives of a wide variety of women from different time periods and locations throughout the world. These women made strides in science, literature, politics, society and many other areas. They were pioneers of their times, many risked imprisonment and persecution for their work. All were brave, intelligent and determined. I especially loved the mixed media collages that acco ...more
Oct 16, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing
As a mother of a little girl, I'm committed to showing her strong women, so when I came across this book, I knew I had to read it. From Amelia Earhart to Lena Horn to Zora Neale Hurston, this book showcases strong women who made a difference in history. This is a great book for children, I'd say grades 3 to 5, to learn about women in history that aren't traditionally taught in our standard curriculum.
Sam Grace
A little too much information for this to function as a read aloud (unless you read one page a night). The images are cool and I liked the list. That said, I am still looking for a children's book of women that shows more women through time and space. While this one had some women from other countries, it was biased towards the West and mostly representative of the last century and a half. Definitely a good one though, and one I'd like to have on my shelf.
Jan 17, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This wonderful biographical alphabet book includes intriguing well-known and little-known facts about influential women. The illustrations have a unique pieced-together look. Each page includes a short biography and a quote for a different woman. I truly wanted to go learn more about each of these women when I finished the book.
Oct 25, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
While I love the idea of this book, I think the execution falls a bit flat. ABC books tend to be for younger kids; however, the writing in this book would probably be more suitable to a kid around eight years old. Even so, I'm giving a copy to my five-year-old niece; maybe she'll appreciate it when she's older.
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