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Girl Wonder by Deborah Hopkinson
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Dec 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction-biographies
Read in December, 2009

3rd-5th Grade
Debra Hopkins brings this story about a female baseball player on a semi-pro team in 1907 to life with a first person perspective as the reader is Alta Weiss. The book is broken up into nine innings and follows her through to show that she became a Doctor after her playing days. I believe female students will especially like the way that she was encouraged do what ever the boys were doing her whole life. The story shows her love for baseball and the encouragement she received from her family and friends allowed her to have the confidence to try what most thought impossible. The illustrations add a sense of whimsy as the people were almost caricatures. Each page has a feel as if it were painted on the page.
Social Studies/ Social Emotional Learning – A lesson can be built around women that were influential in society. Have students research some of the women that were pioneers in there areas and report on their findings.

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