Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings

" First Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin was an anachronism for sure! Never a moment was wasted and fearlessly stood up for what she believed in, even when knowing her opinions would be ridiculed and loose her any hope of re-election. She most definitely goes on the list of fascinating woman of history I would love to have a cup of tea with. This look into her life was interesting, but left me wanting more. " said.

" I knew next to noting about Jeannette Rankin, and quite honestly, I didn't have high hopes for this book. Surprise! Jeannette Rankin is FASCINATING, and this book was incredibly well written. One of the best nonfiction written for children I've ever read. Excellent! " said.

"Woelfle, Gretchen. Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek Books, 2007.

Abstract and Mini-Review
This fascinating biography of the first woman in congress traces Jeannette from her pioneer roots in Montana to her induction into the Susan B. Anthony hall of fame. Insights not typically included in history books such as the Woman's International League for Peace and Freedom's position that the severe punishment of Germany following WWI would simply precipitate another war is fascinating and almost eerie. In the true spirit of a pioneer, Jeannette Rankin opened the way for women in politics and for the movement for peace.

Recommendation Justification
Although the author uses sidebars to communicate important historical background for different eras in Jeannette's life, I think the book would be best enjoyed after a student has had a full overview of US history (typically covered in grade 5). Students in high school may enjoy this as a quick read, but those doing research on Jeannette and her movements would probably prefer a more comprehensive text. The text could definitely be used as a springboard for further research with the comprehensive bibliography provided.

Uses in the Library/Classroom
I will definitely book-talk this book for my 6th graders in March during women's history month. Another possibility would be to discuss this book during elections.

Appropriateness of Artwork
Photographs and historical documents are included throughout the text to add visual interest and appeal throughout. I especially appreciated the consistent placement of the illustrations which makes reading easier. The captions worked well, sometimes repeating, sometimes expanding on information presented in the text.
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