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

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Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. From Amelia Earhart, pilot and adventurer, to Zora Neal Hurston, writer and anthropologist, learn about the hardships and triumphs that inspired each woman to change the world around her. Detailed collages and illustrations draw from various events in the women's lives.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Charlesbridge (first published January 1st 2005)
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Q_Ayana
“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
Isabel
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
Denise
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...more
Anne
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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...more
Jill
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
Ch13_megan Carlisle
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.
Turrean
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...more
Jacquelyn
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...more
Jen
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
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
Heidi
Apr 06, 2011 Heidi rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 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 to learning about strong, amazing women. A u...more
Jenniferpawlik
The author highlights 26 women and notes their contributions to the world. This is a picture book written for upper elementary students.
Angelica
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
Anna Rose
Wonderful book full of interesting and inspiring woman of the recent centuries!
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
Angie
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
Brigida
This book can used to find useful facts of influential women who made their mark and contribution to mankind. It is done alphabetically from A- Z. What I found insightful, are the quotes of these women on the bottom of each page. They instill the values of never giving up and going for what you want. This book inspires us as women to succeed as a whole. There is definitely more power in numbers. All for one and one for all!


Intended Grade Level: Kindergarten-2nd
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.
Kyle Baldwin
There are so many famous men that students learn about like the U.S. Presidents, inventors, and scientists. This book features 26 amazing women, of various backgrounds, who have made global contributions. I will definitely have this book in my classroom and find ways to teach from this book over the course of the school year. Girls rock, will be my message to build their collective self-esteem.
Ubalstecha
Excellent book of biographies of important women in world history. Unlike many of this kind of book, there is a broad spectrum of careers and paths shown, not just the arts and sports. Biographies are short, so this is a good book to use as a starting point for students wanting to learn more about the various women.

A must have for a junior/intermediate classroom.
Megan
Each page provides a two paragraph overview of a woman's life and quote by that woman. Although not enough for students doing research, this may be good inspiration for students looking for a topic. The best part of this book is the collage style pictures, using real objects that relate to the subject (ex. Lena Horne's dress is made out of sheet music).
Rachel
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.
Mrs Bond
If for nothing else, I loved the variety of women selected. Yes, Amelia Earhart is included, but so is Frida Kahlo, Nawal El Sadaarvi, and even Oprah Winfrey. Page design is lovely. Includes selected bibliography for further study and exploration on the profiled women.
Rani
Neat bio sketches of women who have contributed to history. It was great to see some women from Asia represented too. India was represented by Vijayalakshmi Pundit. The book is illustrated by two great artists. Good work to share with students.
Aimee
This book is about famous women and what they have done. It is more for older children maybe 3rd grade, they would understand it better. It goes alphabetically so for every letter of the alphabet there is a famous woman.
Fruitfulmomma
After flipping through the male counterpart to this book I didn't hold much hope for this one either. Again, the pictures are well done, but many examples of women I do not want my daughters to be like.
Erika
My 8-year-old daughter adored this book. We had a wonderful conversation and discussions on all sorts of topics as we read through the entries.
Miri
Really, really great collection of mini-biographies on great women. I love the collage-style illustrations and quotes from the women.
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