Very neat biography with absolutely fantastic illustrations. Some parts seem to be exaggerated in order to simplify things for a younger reader but IVery neat biography with absolutely fantastic illustrations. Some parts seem to be exaggerated in order to simplify things for a younger reader but I do think they can handle a little more than what adults give them intentional credit for. I also wish it had been more critical so that it didn't sound as biased but the subject matter and presentation of it are spot on.
Here's what I said about reading it with my daughter: Granted it's highly positive, but some of the things Clinton has done in the past are pretty inspirational. And that my daughter gets to grow up in a world where presidents can plausibly be female (or we can't forget Black)-- well, that's almost as cool as Ghostbusters being able to be female!...more
Really a beautiful little piece- I just wish this one had been visually more accessible to younger audiences without loosing the look and feel of AuduReally a beautiful little piece- I just wish this one had been visually more accessible to younger audiences without loosing the look and feel of Audubon and his times. With the short text and interesting subject matter (sustainability, environment, material production, art, patriotism, biology, etc), this really could be used for lots of different things if one can get past the odd combination of design. The included illustrations are printed large and easy enough to see without intruding upon the narrative-style text. Audubon is also a pretty neat character worth getting to know just a little bit better....more
I thought this was a pretty neat read, particularly because I love reading about the Middle East. With all the current events and global politics tiedI thought this was a pretty neat read, particularly because I love reading about the Middle East. With all the current events and global politics tied to the region, knowing more about it can only help. Yousafzai's love for her homeland is not only admirable but enjoyable to hear some of the positive things amidst the violence and instability. Her story is interesting in its own right and framed nicely with as much tension and drive as possible by setting the stage with the attack and then backtracking to fill in why and who would attack a girl in public. Otherwise there isn't much arc to the plot with a basic chronological biography setup. The prose is occasionally repetitive and I could see the some of the names being difficult to track. I listened to the audio version which pronounces all the places and people for you but there really are a lot of them. The repetitiveness helps a bit but I think that visual aids would also be useful. The reader's accent is lovely to listen to as well....more
Although extremely enjoyable, I didn't find this to be particularly memorable beyond the experience. Without a definable plot arc, the book's purposeAlthough extremely enjoyable, I didn't find this to be particularly memorable beyond the experience. Without a definable plot arc, the book's purpose is difficult to ascertain, making it difficult to categorize the poignant and pressing ideas that shine among Fey's jokes. Skipping all over the place, she touches on subjects such as management, growing up, being a woman, responsibility, politics, appearance, and even choosing to have children. It's all good stuff but it's easy to get lost in. the audio version is excellent, read by Fey herself. Apparently there is a PDF of the images on the last disc that are referred to in the text but since I was listening in my car I never remembered to take it out of the car and plug it in to a computer....more
This second volume in the trilogy is also exceptional. A bit longer, it focuses more on the freedom riders than other events and ends with the hopefulThis second volume in the trilogy is also exceptional. A bit longer, it focuses more on the freedom riders than other events and ends with the hopeful promise of the March of Washington. It's rather amazing that the creators of this book can maintain the intensity from the first. They simultaneous show one of the more graphically violent (as in death and beatings) episodes from the civil rights movement with the freedom riders as well as the complexities in planning the March on Washington. So often this history feels like it's sifted down to just MLK's speech but the other figures involved and their growing relationships with the Washington politicians are even more fascinating in their complexity. I really do love seeing this side of Black History- people becoming better people (or worse people) but never saints and devils in an intertwined march toward a more just society that even continues through today and beyond....more
I am in love with this book, and now with RBG. Not that it's the best book ever written, but it does a number of things incredibly well. First off, thI am in love with this book, and now with RBG. Not that it's the best book ever written, but it does a number of things incredibly well. First off, the subject is fantastic! By writing about a person so interconnected with women's rights legislation and other court cases still impacting our current society, I know more about the laws that shape not only my choices and potential but have built the current political climate. I love when books like this (Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America Hardcover by Wil Haygood was another) connect to pieces of knowledge that are important and, because of the way they do it, are accessible. The balance of personal interest to court decisions and discussion was nicely done- I like feeling like I know a little bit about RBG (enough to really respect her family for the ways in which they supported her but not so much that they feel idealized) as well as all the legal stuff without a terribly long book. Although the audio is nicely done and a good entertaining listen, there are some advantages to the paper version. The charts in the paper version of the book summarizing court cases are fantastic, the timeline actually makes sense (and has pictures!), and the commentary on RBG's dissents is more apparent (I never did understand about the direction in the audio to the "enhanced" portion of the recording). Also, there are pictures! It is a lot more real to actually see RBG and Scalia on an elephant ride in India and the photos of the female justices (and lego approximations) brought tears to my eyes. Which brings me to my last point about the book- the book is hopeful. Although some of the court decisions covered are definitely portrayed as disastrous to a fair and equal society (e.g. gutting the VRA, Casey, Citizens United etc.), RBG's endearing collegiality, civility, and working within the system rather than giving in to despair is quite admirable. Her efforts make me feel so proud of the accomplishments she and many others have made; This is a book I look forward to having my daughter read so that she can sit in awe of the same. ...more