Sunday, June 7, 2015

Biographies

The school wants kids to read a lot of non-fiction books, so we read a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt to Mary. It was a little above her comprehension level, but the story was interesting, so she liked it. I like Eleanor Roosevelt myself, and she got my vote in the "which woman should be on the $20 bill?" poll. The majority of people voted for Harriet Tubman, but I think Eleanor is a better choice, because she had more of an impact on the United States and the world at large.

Since Mary liked the Eleanor Roosevelt biography, I got one about Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The biography was not very well-written, and it ignored things like the existence of Susan B. Anthony. Also, the author was clearly uncomfortable with the fact that Mrs. Stanton got married and had seven children. I don't see why having lots of children is a problem, but the author felt the need to discuss birth control and a woman's empowering right to not have children. I thought that entire segment was really out of place.

We also got Mary a biography on Sacajawea, which was a lot better. It kind of overplayed Sacajawea's role in the Lewis and Clark expedition--there were other people in the expedition besides for her--but it also had a lot of action and adventure scenes. Mary liked it. I wonder what other biographies we should get for her from the library.

5 comments:

Elizabeth Pfeffer said...

These are some good choices Martin Luther King Jr, Helen Keller here are a list of more people
http://www.ducksters.com/biography/

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Helen Keller, she is SO awesome, I had to do a lot of research on her in third grade and I enjoyed it, you could also do Amelia Earhart, or Ann Frank, maybe too soon, I didn't mean the diary or anything something shorter, you could get those "who was" books. :) :) :)

Michael Gray said...

They have an Anne Frank biography for kids, which is mostly pictures. It's not bad.

Meg s said...

If you enjoyed Eleanor Roosevelt, you should try to find a biography on Edith Wilson. She was the First Lady to President Woodrow Wilson, and when her husband suffered from a stroke, Edith took over all presidential duties and is often considered "the first female president"

Anonymous said...

Is it necessary to pick exclusively women's biographies? Given that most biographies are written about men (which is probably sad), the choice of books will be much wider if you consider men's biographies as well.