Saturday, March 3, 2012

Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, I've rounded up three notable biographies of boundary-breaking women for students, including Girl Scouts of America founder JulietteGordon Low. (eAudio book)

Share the childhood adventures of the young girl from Savannah, Georgia, who would grow up to found the Girl Scouts®. "Daisy" Gordon would rather climb a tree and ride a horse than learn to dance and sew. "There's not one thing I can't do that boys can," said Daisy, and the organization she created years later proved her words.

Phillis Wheatley by Merle Richmond (eBook)

This book renders coverage on the life and historic achievements of Phillis Wheatley, the first black poet of America. Kidnapped from her home in Africa and sold as a slave, she acquired freedom before the American Revolution and was acclaimed as a poet when still a teenager. This book captures her childhood, growing-up years, beginnings as a poet and various struggles of adulthood, taking the reader to the time of her lonely death at the age of 31. It serves to highlight the story of courage and creativity, which helped Phillis earn her place as an important colonial poet. 

Wilma Rudolph by Tom Biracree (eBook)

Wilma Rudolph was crippled by polio at the age of 4. Yet eight years later she emerged from the 1960 Rome Olympics as "The Tennessee Tornado," the fastest woman on earth. Her early life was marked with struggle-against poverty, racism, and a series of life-threatening childhood illnesses. She won four track medals, at two Olympic games before retiring in 1962. Rudolph's fierce determination won her a permanent place in sports history, and her courage established her as an authentic American heroine.

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