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Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
3.81
I was delighted with how approachable this book still is for today's audiences. Published in 1941, this book is more than 70 years old--how would its ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller
4.23
I remember reading the story of Helen Keller when I was a kid and being completely caught up in it--I tried to learn Braille and I taught myself finge ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
 
Speed to Glory: The Cullen Jones Story
3.00
As I mentioned in my review of a Dominique Dawes biography, one of the Olympic sports I really enjoy watching is the swimming. Cullen Jones is just th ...more
Jul 23, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
 
Abigail Adams: First Lady of Faith and Courage (Sower Series)
3.93
I wish I could give 3.5 stars here. It would be hard not to write an interesting biography of such a fascinating woman as Abigail Adams. I appreciate ...more
Mar 17, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
 
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
4.37
First reviewed on Redeemed Reader

This picture book biography of the famous thesaurus author is another remarkable collaboration by award-winning team
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Oct 06, 2014
Oct 06, 2014
 
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
4.21
Even grown-ups don't "get" much of Einstein's thoughts and experiments, so to write a picture book biography that distills Einstein and his amazing br ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
4.34
I didn't realize Harriett Tubman had such a strong Christian faith before I read this book--it's amazing what you can learn from a picture book biogra ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
 
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
4.06
(Long! First posted on RedeemedReader as an example of a great picture book biography)

I’m a HUGE fan of Melissa Sweet’s artwork. She researches her su
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Oct 08, 2013
 
Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?
3.63
Fritz always has a fun, unifying idea for her biographies; for this one, she presents Columbus as a constant wayfarer, always off on an adventure or d ...more
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
 
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
4.05
Wow--this is another part picture book, part graphic novel that takes more than one time through to appreciate. Sis's use of palette--phenomenal. The ...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 22, 2013
 
The Day-Glo Brothers
3.90
Picture book biographies showcase the most interesting parts of history! I read this book when it came out, and am just now rating/reviewing it, so I ...more
Mar 12, 2015
Jul 03, 2013
 
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
3.81
Fritz always has a fun, unifying idea for her biographies; for this one, she's presenting Franklin's life in terms of his many ideas and inventions. T ...more
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
 
Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?
3.80
Fritz always has a fun, unifying idea for her biographies; for this one, she presents Henry as he appears on his birthday at various years in his life ...more
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
 
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin LutherKing Jr.
4.41
I'm a fan of collage done well, and Collier does it well. His note about the inspiration of the stained glass windows is worth reading before you read ...more
Jun 08, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
 
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
4.03
VERY complete for a picture book biography. Don't pick this up thinking it will be a quick read. Byrd has filled the book with small print info on Fra ...more
Jan 2014
Jun 30, 2013
 
Gladys Aylward: Missionary to China
3.86
A shaky 4 stars here--overall, I liked this bio of Aylward. I like the pacing of the overall thread and the information included. We get a sense of Ay ...more
Apr 09, 2012
Apr 09, 2012
 
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
4.00
I'm reviewing a lot of books this summer that start out with "This isn't usually my style...."

And Jimi is the same way: not the type I'm drawn to, bu
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Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
4.24
A solid picture book biography of Booker T. Washington that focus on his childhood and his pursuit of education. Text has a nice rhythm to it--it's no ...more
Feb 13, 2014
Nov 20, 2013
 
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
4.12
First reviewed on Redeemed Reader

Although poetry anchored William Carlos Williams, he was much more than a poet; Bryant and Sweet work seamlessly toge
...more
Oct 06, 2014
Jun 10, 2013
 
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
4.31
Picture book biographies are just so cool. I keep learning about people I'm not familiar with--and the illustrations add so much, especially when they ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
 
Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution
3.95
The illustrations are definitely the best part of this book--a 5* for them, for sure. Brown uses sequential art in places to add so much (such as when ...more
Aug 20, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith
3.68
This is a very readable and fascinating biography of Charles and Emma Darwin. She was a professing Christian, and he, obviously, had some significant ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
 
Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story
3.97
Fun story about a GIRL baseball player! Baseball player picture book bios are nothing new, and many are quite well done. But there are precious few ab ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Apr 20, 2015
 
They Were Strong and Good
3.44
Terrific illustrations and interesting account of the author's family members. Some will find this book dated and racist, but it was written in 1940, ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
 
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
4.04
A wonderful blend of talents here--not the least of which is Waterhouse Hawkins himself! A fascinating read about the first man to make life size mode ...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 03, 2013
 
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
4.26
Did you know Wilma Rudolph should have died as a baby? That she got polio and couldn't walk for a while? That she couldn't go to school for a while? T ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
 
Bill Peet: An Autobiography
4.18
I can't wait until my children are old enough to read this by themselves! Sure, I could read it to them, but part of the delight of this autobiography ...more
Feb 23, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
 
Swing Sisters: The Story of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm
3.75
A fun--and jazzy!--account of a group of women who formed a jazz band in a time when women just didn't do that. Originally springing out of an orphana ...more
Mar 25, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
 
El Deafo
3.98
Finally reading this gem--it fully deserves its acclaim. I was struck by how well CeCe makes her experience as a deaf kid relatable to any reader. Whi ...more
Apr 23, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
 
Grandfather's Journey
4.11
This is just what the title says: Say's grandfather's journey. Beautiful paintings capture snapshots in the grandfather's journey from Japan to the Un ...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
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