Review by Booklist Review
After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senator Elizabeth Warren to stand down, he noted afterward that she persisted. Clinton uses this admonition as a jumping-off point to introduce 13 women who overcame obstacles to affect history, beginning by telling girls not to listen to naysayers. Clinton then introduces reporter Nelly Bly, labor activist Clara Lemlich, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, and ballerina Maria Tallchief, among others, in short paragraphs. This brevity lends itself to some omissions and confusions. For instance, it seems odd not to mention teacher Anne Sullivan in the discussion of Helen Keller's persistence, and saying Claudette Colvin's refusal to relinquish her bus seat helped inspire Rosa Parks' civil disobedience, an act many point to as starting the modern civil rights movement, might make kids wonder why Parks gets the credit and not Colvin. The concise text does give more space for the exemplary watercolors, which show both delicacy and strength, and features inspiring quotes. This well-curated list will show children that women's voices have made themselves emphatically heard. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This book has published quickly to capitalize on the steam of the still-going She Persisted meme. Clinton's celebrity status only catapults interest higher.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2017 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Mitch McConnell's dismissal of Elizabeth Warren during a Senate confirmation hearing immediately became a feminist rallying cry. Clinton (It's Your World) and Boiger (Max and Marla) further transform it into a lovely, moving work of children's literature that might even win over those cynical about celebrity efforts in that space. Clinton succinctly summarizes the lives of women who "did not take no for an answer"; each story reiterates "she persisted" in bold type and is paired with an inspiring quote. Familiar figures (Helen Keller, Sally Ride) join ones who may be new to some readers, like union activist Clara Lemlich and Claudette Colvin, the teenager whose courageous decision to keep her seat on a Montgomery bus helped "inspire Rosa Parks to make the same choice nine months later." Boiger's celebratory watercolors effortlessly mix drama and playfulness: a luminous Harriet Tubman guides escaped slaves to freedom; a few pages later, babies beatifically float around Virginia Apgar as she examines an infant. Clinton's mother isn't profiled, but readers will spot her portrait in a gallery scene that opens this polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women. Ages 4-8. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.