AUTHOR: Tanya Lee Stone
ILLUSTRATOR: Marjorie Priceman
PUBLICATION INFO: Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano, 2013
INTENDED AUDIENCE: ages 4 and up
GENRE: nonfiction picture book
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“I’ll bet you’ve met plenty of doctors in your life. And I’ll bet lots of them were women. Well, you might find this hard to believe, but there once was a time when girls weren’t allowed to be doctors.”
From the publisher:
“In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly no women were doctors.
But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren’t smart enough to be doctors, or that they were too weak for such hard work. And she would not take no for an answer. Although she faced much opposition, she worked hard and finally—when she graduated from medical school and went on to have a brilliant career—proved her detractors wrong. This inspiring story of the first female doctor shows how one strong-willed woman opened the doors for all the female doctors to come.”
THEMES/TOPICS: science, biography
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Tanya Lee Stone’s voice is pitch perfect in this book. She writes in a zippy, irreverent tone that’s a perfect match for Elizabeth’s personality and Priceman’s illustrations. Stone proves that picture book biographies don’t have to be stuffy, even if the protagonist hails from the 1800s.
- What child doesn’t like to pretend to be a doctor? Fisher-Price offers this classic.
- A readers’ guide and alignment to Common Core State Standards guide is available through Stone’s Web site.
- ReadWriteThink offers an Elizabeth Blackwell classroom activity.
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