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Dangerous Jane

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Jane's heart ached for the world, but what could she do to stop a war? This energetic and inspiring picture book biography of activist Jane Addams focuses on the peace work that won her the Nobel Peace Prize. From the time she was a child, Jane's heart ached for others. At first the focus of her efforts was on poverty, and lead to the creation of Hull House, the settlement ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Peachtree Publishers (first published 2017)
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
All I knew of Jane Addams was her work at Hull House. I didn't know about all the work she did to promote peace, which lead to being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. What a remarkable woman! She was single-minded in her desire to help the poor and the immigrants, which allowed her to ignore all those who disagreed with her and disliked what she was doing. That takes a lot of courage. I can't believe that the FBI thought she was dangerous! Slade has written an inspiring biography here, with beautif ...more
Solid biography of big-hearted Jane Addams, who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Edward Sullivan
This inspiring picture book biography of Addams focuses on her work as a pacifist that would lead to her being the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a child, in elementary school, we were taught what I could only call the "clean" version of history. We learned about wars, and heroes, and presidents and stuff, but didn't learn about the bad stuff. We didn't learn about the Hoovervilles, or the veterans march, or the buffalo soldiers.

And I was an avid reader. I real all the 921 (biographies) that our school library had. I especially loved the lives of the famous when they were kids, and I know I read one about Jane Addams, and her f
Wayne McCoy
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Dangerous Jane' by Suzanne Slade with illustrations by Alice Ratterree is a picture book telling of the life of Jane Addams. I was somewhat familiar with this historical figure and I found the book to be a good introduction of her life for young readers.

In spite of losing her mother at a young age, and having a medical affliction, Jane Addams had a heart to help people. When she was able to, she founded Hull House in Chicago and helped the poor and immigrants. When World War I broke out, she wa
Stacie Boren
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from @kidlitexchange to read and give an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you @luaandbeanread for sharing. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Dangerous Jane by Suzanne Slade gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when you finish this amazing story to explain Jane Addams' dreams of helping others and for world peace. A woman from history who stood for what she believed in regardless of what others thought. An amazing way to reach younger readers and teach history. Review also posted on Instag ...more
I understand that it was in part her efforts for peace that attracted the negative attention of the U.S. federal government, but I was really uninterested in that part of the story (the peace efforts, not the part where the feds labeled her "dangerous"). I think in part because it felt generic -- we are told that the International Congress of Women passed 20 resolutions for peace, but we don't learn any details of any of them -- and because there's no indication that it helped stop WWI (and we k ...more
Gary Anderson
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The title Dangerous Jane is alluring, but it’s also ironic because the life mission of Jane Addams was to protect and serve whoever needed protection and support. Dangerous Jane tells the life story of Jane Addams with a focus on how she was inspired to serve others as a child, and moves on to how she established a settlement house in Chicago and an international women’s movement, both dedicated to helping those who need it without regard for nationality or any other consideration. After World W ...more
Lisa Katzenberger
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dangerous Jane is a lovely, lyrical tribute to Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. This non-fiction picture book tells the tale of Ms. Addams' tireless efforts to bring people together through peace, and her creation of Hull House in Chicago. The story addresses war and poverty with a light touch that young children can understand. The illustrations by Alice Ratterree highlight Jane in green clothing throughout the story, allowing her energy to pop out against the ...more
Although I finished this picture book biography wanting to know more--as I almost always do when I read those--I was impressed with the decision to focus on her work as a pacifist and involvement in the peace movement. Many young readers may be familiar with her work at Hull House in Chicago, which is work that is notable in and of itself, but they are not likely to know about her deep interest in peaceful resolutions of conflict and how she formed the Women's Peace Party, and then traveled acro ...more
Women who step outside prescribed norms are often judged harshly in their lifetimes, and so Jane Adams was deemed "the most dangerous woman in America" yet went on to be the first American woman to the Nobel Peace Prize. Suzanne Slade, the author of the picture book, Dangerous Jane, tells the biography of Jane Adams through gorgeous illustrations, original photographs, newspaper snippets, and a timeline. When Jane was a child she saw poverty and vowed to help others, and children of any age will ...more
Mary Lee
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, biography, poetry, peace
The world needs more "dangerous" people like Jane Addams who will work to change the world.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, 2017, biography
The story of the first female Nobel Prize winner is sure to inspire young girls of this generation.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Slade, Suzanne Dangerous Jane. PICTURE BOOK. Peachtree, 2017. $18.
Jane Addams was from a well to do family and was able to choose a path of education. When she saw injustice and poverty in the world, it inspired her to create change. She first started the Hull house, a large building where the low income immigrant families could go to for education, food, and a place to stay. She also promoted the rights of the women and African Americans. She was beloved. When World War I broke out, she organiz
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-3-biography
This powerful biography of Jane Addams describes her life story from suffering the debilitating disease of spinal tuberculosis, and losing her mother when she was only two, to the empowering support of her father who read with her constantly. Together, when she was very young, they rode a buggy through the impoverished side of Chicago, exposing Jane to the suffering of the poor. This striking vision remained with her forever, and shaped her life goal of helping underprivileged people with disadv ...more
Becky B
A picture book biography of Jane Addams who started Hull House in Chicago to help the poor better their situation, inspired women and national leaders to settle disagreements peacefully during WWI, and then worked to help the poor and hurting after the dust of WWI settled, and became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

I've definitely heard of Hull House before, but I didn't know the story of the woman behind it. Jane Addams is truly an inspirational model of someone who
Born with disabilities, losing her mother at age two, Jane clearly was also born with money. Upon discovering the needs of people, especially children, she persisted in her dreams of helping people and opened Hull House. Not only did that happen but she was a founder of the International Congress for Women that pursued peace during World War I, then became "Dangerous Jane" because she also aided those in need in Europe after the war. Nevertheless, the world awarded her commitment with the Nobel ...more
I am a big fan of the increasing number of well-written picture book biographies about women. I can't resist them. This is one that I'm delighted to add to my collection. Jane Addams grew up in a fairly well-to-do family and despite losing her mother at a young age, she grew into a lovely and caring young lady. Her kind heart lead her down a difficult road, one she spent most of her adult life walking down. Helping others became her mantra. At first she ran Hull House, a settlement house from wh ...more
Sharon Lawler
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
When you are a women, and your life is dedicated to fighting inequality and fostering peace, you are bound to be labelled "dangerous". Such was the case for Jane Addams. Whether she was advocating for the immigrant community in Chicago , campaigning for peace during World War l, or advocating for starving children in Germany after the war, she was considered to be dangerous, but in reality she was intelligent and brave. Her unfaltering humanitarian efforts were recognized in 1931 with her being ...more
Dan Dixon
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
It took a while to find this book but it was worth the effort. Dangerous Jane is about Jane Addams and her life's work with the poor. She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. This is a good way to introduce children to one of Illinois' famous women in history. The back pages after the story give a little more detail about her life as well as a history timeline of her life. Well worth the read!
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an awesome book to coincide with The House that Jane Built by Tanya Lee Stone. Jane Addams is inspiring and selfless... what a hero!

I did feel like the page where it shows Jane getting older really focuses on some major weight gain... all my students saw was her belly getting bigger, which I don't think was the point of those pages, though I could be wrong?

Otherwise, awesome story.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd like to sit with other recent bios of Jane Addams to compare coverage. This one seems to have plenty of detail but is not overwhelming, making her story accessible to middle elementary readers.

Soft colors held within thin lines give the impression of olden times, but don't convey the strength of this woman.
Back matter included photos and timeline.
I did not know about Jane's work on the international stage! I'm at this moment checking out the book to a second-grade teacher who is doing Women's History Month biographies with her class. I hope someone picks Jane! What a role model.

NOTE: I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and got a lovely handwritten note from Suzanne Slade with it.
Jocelyn Brame
Solid biography of Jane Addams for children ages 4-8. Because the difficult topics of war and poverty are handled in a way appropriate for very young children, older readers may find Dangerous Jane a bit babyish; they will find the historical note in the back of the book more suited to their level. Other research aids are a timeline of Addams's life and a brief bibliography.
Sue Poduska
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this time of great social upheaval, it’s more important than ever to ask “What can I do?” Not everyone can do all the things Jane Addams did, but everyone can take inspiration from her example and do as much as possible. In this heartfelt and significant biography, Slade shows the life of the social warrior.
A lovely illustrated brief biography of Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago that served immigrant families in their transition to American life. I learned that Jane lost her mother at a young age, went on to found Hull House, and in 1931 became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize. Just the correct amount of information to introduce Jane to young readers.
Pretty straight biography - just the narrative of her life, with none of Addams' own words used anywhere. It also sort of brushes by the "Dangerous Jane" title - it mentions that there were people who disagreed with her, but then it just continues with "Jane just kept helping people."
Solid picture biography on Jane Addams. While other bios about Addams focus solely on the founding of Hull House, this one brings attention to her international peace activism during and after WWI. (Addams was the first American woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.)
I wish there were books like this when I was a kid, it would have cemented my love of HF that much earlier. This is a well written account of Jane Addam's life for a younger audience. The first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, it wasn't an easy task but she did it.

Effective use of color to focus on Jane, short phrases, lots of white space make text less overwhelming, a quality introduction to this social pioneer. Timeline, note and a couple real images in end material but no mention of her deep adult personal relationships.
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