Elizabeth Warren shares the incredible story of the first female senator of Massachusetts. Elizabeth came from a struggling middle-class family in Oklahoma City. After a heart attack put Elizabeth's father out of work, she helped out by babysitting, waitressing, and sewing, all while shining as a star member of her school's debate team. Debate taught Elizabeth how to fight with her words, a skill that eventually won her a state championship and a college scholarship. As a lawyer and law professor, Elizabeth learned why it was so difficult for working-class families like her own to advance economically, and today she continues to fight (with her words) for the poor and middle-class in her role as a senator. Releasing in time for the 2018 election season, Elizabeth Warren emphasizes the importance of being outspoken--of using your words to fight for both yourself and for those who need your help.
"This picture-book biography of Senator Elizabeth Warren concentrates on Elizabeth's lower-middle-class upbringing and how her family's financial struggles created her lifelong empathy for ordinary Americans. Despite challenges while growing up, Elizabeth persisted, becoming a scholarship award-winning debater, the first college graduate in her family, a lawyer who stood up for the rights of the disadvantaged, a law professor, and a member of Congress. The text emphasizes Elizabeth's dependence on using her words as fighting tools, culminating in her 2017 temporary expulsion from the Senate floor after she refused to be silenced. The title refers to the moderator's now-famous defense (She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted) that has become a rallying cry for populations who feel silenced or marginalized. The story-like text flows, keeping readers engaged, and the illustrations are rendered in muted colors, adding period details and nuance. A bibliography contains mostly adult-level resources. This is a good choice for both reports and inspirational reading aloud.--Kathleen McBroom Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"In this picture book biography of the senior Massachusetts senator, Wood offers a cogent perspective on Warren's life. She traces Warren's concerns over financial and social inequity to her childhood, citing her family's economic downturn after her father had a heart attack: "Her middle-class family was no longer getting by. They were poor, on the edge of losing everything, even their house." Wood describes Warren's increasing motivation to bring about social change, first as an attorney and law professor, then as a senator, including the highly publicized event that would result in the titular "Nevertheless, she persisted" rallying cry. Green subtly captures Warren's likeness in gentle, matte art featuring soft peach, rose, and plum tones. A fond tribute to a politician whose story is very much still being written. Ages 6-9. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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