Thursday, May 29, 2008

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote

Stone, Tanya Lee. 2008. Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote. New York: Holt.

There are many books about Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This one is a good choice for the youngest J readers. It has minimal text that is easy to understand but captures the essence of Cady Stanton's role in the Women's Suffrage movement, along with the more mundane details of her daily life. Tales of childhood inequities should be of particular interest to young readers. The illustrations are in folk art style to suggest the era. Short enough for a single-sitting read-aloud, best for 3rd-6th grade.

Because of her role as a wife and mother of seven children, I find Elizabeth Cady Stanton's life to be even more inspiring than that of her dear and more famous friend, Susan B. Anthony. I am pleased to see a new book about her life.

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