Book review: Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles, by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Rockliff, Mara. Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles. Il. Hadley Hooper. Candlewick. 2016. $16.99. 40p. ISBN 9780763678937. Ages 7-9. P8Q9

rockliff-around-america-to-win-the-voteOne hundred years ago, four years before women in the U.S. gained the right to vote, two women, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, traveled around the United States with a tiny black kitten and a tiny typewriter to drive 10,000 miles. In their goal to encourage women’s suffrage, they endured blizzards, got stuck in sand, and drove through ice-cold streams. People were fascinated by their little car and gave them parties even if they didn’t always listen to their message. Energetic illustrations and lively text show the women’s daring with humor in a book that tells more about the struggle for women’s equal rights. Rockliff grandly depicts the possibility of pure joy in activism.

Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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