Brief Plot Description: With colorful oil painting illustrations, this book tells stories of black women freedom fighters, including Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm. It offers detailed information on their childhoods, their strengths, and their accomplishments in fighting for freedom.
Genre(s)/Subject(s): General Nonfiction, Collective Biography, Civics and Government, African American Women Civil Rights Workers, African Americans Civil Rights History, Discrimination & Race Relations
Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Awards: Coretta Scott King Award for Author Honor (2001)
Books Similar in Style, Content, Theme, or Characters: Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told by Walter Dean Myers, Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?by Bonnie Bader, Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frillsby Julie Cummins
Programming/Lesson Ideas: Children can pick one of their favorite characters in the book and retell her story with peers.
Personal Thoughts: This book is a good choice for young readers to learn more about the history of the civil rights movement and the contributions made by women at that time. The women in this book are role models for readers, and their stories and strengths will inspire generations to come.