Library Book: Bull's Eye: Annie Oakley (Photobiographies) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 13 user ratings

" Very well done. Learned much about this popular figure. Came to admire her. " said.

" Great starter book on Annie Oakley. General history of the life and times Oakley lived and talks about Oakley as a person not just the famed Little Sure Shoot. " said.

" Culture, history, women empowerment, Wild WestIn a history class you could use Annie Oakley and her role in wild west shows to talk about culture. TEKS: 113.18. Social Studies, Grade 6b.15(A) define culture and the common traits that unify a culture region " said.

"Wonderful early introduction to Annie Oakley's life story, chockablock full of pictures and images of primary sources. Macy's text, as well as a forward by a great-niece (?) of Oakley, make some valuable distinctions between myth and historical reality. However that gesture of approval from a relative wishing to perpetuate a narrative of Oakley as "pure of heart and spirit" also speaks the the ways this photo biography drifts a bit towards hagiography, instead of addressing some of the ambiguities of Oakley's personality and context. There ARE age-appropriate ways to broach some of these more complicated topics in youth publishing, and I wish some of those techniques had been used here." said.

" A good intro on Annie Oakley for young readers and an interesting read for older readers who want to know the truth about Annie Oakley. Annie Oakley was a petite, well-mannered, and well-educated woman who had a talent for sharpshooting. She was also a dog lover and married to the love of her life. Depictions of Annie as rough and uncouth are inaccurate. Macy shows us proof that Annie took her skills and reputation very seriously (if only more female celebrities did that today!). " said.

"Excellent introduction to this vivacious and adventurous woman who did not let the social norms limit her. Loved the variety of interesting photographs and the text was interesting without being overwhelming.

The inaccurate articles that were first printed in the Chicago Examiner and the Chicago American newspapers and then went viral as newspapers across the nation picked up the story without checking their facts was new to me and interesting. Out of the 55 newspapers that she sued, she won a judgment or settled out-of-court with 54 of them. It is sobering to realize the terrible lack of quality in accurate news reporting continues to be a long-standing problem.

Factual, well-written books about strong people who didn't let "glass ceilings" or "social pressures" keep them from succeeding are so important. I am glad to have run across this one.

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"This book does well to showcase a few things: Annie Oakley's life of travel and fame, but also the darker side of celebrity which she fought including slander or misinformation along with her approach that all women should know how to shoot a gun as confidently as holding a baby. She wanted to teach more than entertain and spent most of her time when traveling with groups or a circus providing shooting demonstrations and lessons that garnered more money than the shows including with Buffalo Bill.

I particularly enjoyed the story of how Frank and Annie met, with her besting him on a 25-shot shoot where he missed the 25th and she didn't. He fell in love with her then and they traveled with their dog who was their go-between on all matters. It was about her practice and resilience and her ability to never forget where she came from as the books intent showcases in the foreword: she spent a few hard years being beaten by a couple who wanted her help in exchange for her ability to hunt and instead beat and worked her to the point where she had to escape. She lived with neighbors for a time when her mother couldn't care for so many children after the death's of Annie's father and a stepfather, and her time working with a wonderful couple who operated an orphanage/infirmary.

The book demonstrates her talent and practice and the act that she worked hard to sculpt. She worked well into her fifties saying that every time she was going to say no to another tour, she always said yes. And I love the sad and romantic tragedy that she knew of her upcoming death and prepared for it with her husband passing eighteen days later.

She led a full life visiting overseas and across the United States, meeting dignitaries and royalty and truly making a name for herself in a way that created a musical and movies, comics and shows.
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" Very well done. Learned much about this popular figure. Came to admire her. " said.

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