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Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0062456709
LANGUAGE:English

" Definitely a book to be read by older students. This brief, yet thorough sharing of Harper Lee's dream to become an author, sharing the tales from her life and town in the beloved "To Kill a Mockingbird".Nice illustrations. " said.

" This picture-book biography of Harper Lee tells the story of the author of America’s second-favorite book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Also, I was shocked to recognize one of her childhood friends, a blond, effeminate boy named Truman. " said.

" I learned so much about Harper Lee reading this picture book! I think this would be a great book to kick off a unit on "To Kill A Mockingbird" as it would be a great way to give students a bit of background on Harper Lee. " said.

" Inspiring story of a girl who stood up for what was right and loved words AND who grew up to write stories that made other people think about what was right.I think it will be most meaningful to people who have read or seen TKAM, but can be read before. " said.

" Just lovely. A great little book for children and adults alike. The reader is shown the childhood and town that inspired Harper Lee to write To Kill a Mockingbird, and there are also little gems for grown-ups that they might not know--for example, I had no idea that Lee's childhood friend was Truman Capote.Fantastic book for all ages. Now I want to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. ;) " said.

" Wonderful biography of Harper Lee. Perfect for younger children to see the value of hard work and the good that can happen by helping others. If Nelle hadn’t been an ally to Tru when she was young, who knows if TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD who have ever become the book it did. Lovely illustrations as well! " said.

" As the author states in her end note, “For many, including me, there is no book more beloved than Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.” I loved it for years, taught it for a few, and had the great pleasure of introducing it to my kids when the time was right. This adorably illustrated book pays homage to Nelle Harper Lee whose beautifully crafted book reminds all of us to look beyond race and class to find the true spirit of a person. " said.

"I admire the book and the artwork. I admire the subject of the book like crazy—like many of my generation, I was required to read To Kill a Mockingbird as a school assignment. And despite that, I loved it.

Lee’s second book is mentioned in the endnotes. In an attempt to present Lee as a shining knight in opposition to racism, Hegedus shies away from Lee’s more nuanced portrait of Atticus Finch—one that shows a white population happy to stand up for black folks...provided they know their place.

This just feels like a book calculated to catch the attention of adult book buyers, but not necessarily the children for whom it’s intended.

And next on my pile is a picture book biography of Jane Austen, about which I have similar thoughts.
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