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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 Neale 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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Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like this book. Not all the women were a favorite of mine, like Oprah. However, they all changed the world in some way. Definitely a great family read to inspire. Overall, I'm glad I read this with my family.
Mar 01, 2011 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
Aug 05, 2014 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. ;)
Kristina Robbins
Dec 29, 2016 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.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amelia to Zora by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy is about some of the most famous women who have changed our history. A-Z each one a different person who can inspire any girl. The genres include history, children's, and non-fiction. This book is great for girls because it shows how much women have changed, not just men. It shows how strong women are and how they can go through so much to get to the other side if they really want it. The book has all sorts of women fr ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From A to Z, twenty-six women - a page for each - are highlighted because of their remarkable accomplishments that have made lasting effects and change in the world.
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 rated it it was amazing
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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
Mar 17, 2012 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 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 rated it it was amazing
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
Kaylee Christensen
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Genre characterization: biography

Unlike a typical biography, this book touches on 26 women who changed the world. This books starts with the letter A and works its way to Z. Each letter represents a female who made a positive impact to the world. This book is great for young girls who feel defeated in a "mans world." It also can speak to students with disabilities or think they are "too young" to make a difference. Woman such as Helen Keller, Grace Hopper, Oprah, Wilma Pearl Mankiller. Each woma
Ben Truong
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World is a children's picture book written by Cynthia Chin-Lee and illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy. It is an interesting and informative alphabet book using twenty-six influential women throughout history.

Chin-Lee's text is simplistic, straightforward, and informative. It is a collection of mini-biographies of influential women by using the alphabet. Each mini-biography is written in a two-page spread with informative information and daz
Kris Dersch
This was quite good...better, I think, than the cover made it seem. I knew a lot about a lot of the figures in the book but I learned about new ones and more facts about those I thought I knew. I particularly liked the author's note where she talked about specifically choosing to use first names because for women last names are very entrenched with their husbands or fathers, and she also used given names of Asian and Asian-American women even though their given names are second. I think that is ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good. It was really good because it told me a lot about certain women that I didn't know did these amazing things. It was about how these women changed the world by winning an award or achieving something unbelievable. For example, Babe was a really good athlete. She won so many awards in swimming, baseball, basketball, golf and a lot more. She entered into the Olympics and she won so many awards that she had to stick to one sport. So she stuck to golf and she won 17 straigh ...more
Anna Gurevitch
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Twenty six women who've achieved varying degree of success in various fields from Dolores Huerta campaigning to eradicate poverty by improving farm-workers rights, to Nawal El Sadaawi an Egyptian medical doctor who was imprisoned for writing books which celebrated women's contributions to society in an era when that was deemed an offence. A page dedicated to each woman gives a brief overview of 26 different women, their lives, efforts and achievements.

A book that can act as an introduction to l
This book includes short biographies on twenty-six women from many cultures and ethnicities who have done incredible things with their lives. I really like that their careers were so varied. It tells girls that they can be anything they want to be.

Each bio includes a quote from the person. They are very inspirational. It was written in 2005 and I think it would be great to see a new book with twenty-six more women who have done incredible things.

The challenge with this book is that it includes
Katie Easter
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Genre: Biographical Nonfiction
Grade Level: all ages

This ABC book of 26 women who changed the world is an awesome tool for the classroom. This could be used in so many ways. This book tells us a short biography for each letter of the alphabet. It is just enough information to inform readers of the ways the women changed the world, but it isn't too much information to overwhelm the reader. I recommend this book for all grade levels.
Breann Jones
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I had expected, it beat all of my expectations! This book is great to say the least. It includes 26 biographies, one woman for each letter of the alphabet, explaining the title Amelia to Zora, A through Z. This book would be great for students researching specific women in history, or just women that changed our world in general. I think this could be very inspiring for young children, girls especially to have in their reading collection, as true role models!
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Each amazing women has an amazing illustration, a quote and a brief synopsis of her life. I love that the author chose to list each woman alphabetically by the first name - so often a woman’s last name only informs you of her father or husband’s story.
Emily Farquhar
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book about twenty-six women who changed the world. This book includes great details through each of these individual biographies. This book is a great example of ideas.

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Katy McGinnis
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This a a great book to read with your daughter. There is one women per letter of the alphabet who is an influential person. Great diversity of women and their powerful stories. Many of these women I was familiar with but some were new.
H.T. Yim
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The inspiring biographies, fantastical illustrations, and encouraging quotes really lift the spirit, making you feel like you, too, can change the world. A gorgeous and heartening read for children and adults alike.
Kyja Wilburn
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I ventured to read more group biographies after really enjoying Shaking Things Up. This one is fine. It's not my favorite simply due to my dislike for the illustrations. 🤷🏾‍♀️ Good thing there are quite a few books in this niche. There's a nice variety of people in this one.
Annie Garvey
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a beautifully illustrated book!
Carly Casassa
26 amazing women, along with 26 amazing stories. Shows the hardships and triumphs these ladies have encountered throughout their lives.
Molly Walker
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books, kid-lit
Two of my heroines right in the title--SOLD. :)
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