Book review: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead, by Michelle Markle, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Markel, Michelle. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead. Il. LeUyen Pham. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray. 2016. unp. $17.99. 978-0-06238-122-4. Ages 7-10. P7Q9

Markel Hillary Rodham Clinton“Only boys had no ceilings on their dreams.” Thus Markel begins her book with Girl Scout Hillary against a backdrop of men to show how the difficulties that girls faced at that time to make their marks on the world. Pham’s stylized colorful artwork enhances the book’s view of Clinton’s accomplishments and the expansion of women’s possibilities in both the U.S. and the world. The final spread of notable women shows the 180-degree change during Clinton’s career. Both spreads have keys to the men and women at the back of the book. The informal narrative describes Clinton as “superwoman” and her drive to continue her public service in social justice after defeats. Depicted in the book are Clinton’s championing women, children, and the poor while suffering from continual criticism. As Markel wrote, “Girls weren’t supposed to act smart, tough, or ambitious,” but Clinton has proved this “common wisdom” wrong.

May 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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