Monday, September 19, 2016

AROUND AMERICA TO WIN THE VOTE by Mara Rockliff; Illustrated by Hadley Hooper

    Timely, lively and true this is the story of Nell Richardson and Alice Burke who took a five month, 10,000 mile journey to draw attention to women’s voting rights.  They left New York in 1916 in a yellow Saxon runabout toting a tiny typewriter, an equally small sewing machine, and a wee black kitten with a yellow ribbon tied around his neck (yellow being the suffrage movement’s signature color).

    The women travel south and then west, across Texas to California.  A double page map charts their extraordinary journey.  Happenings in their travel are drawn from contemporary newspaper accounts - such as a daunting blizzard, dodging bullets at the Mexican border, joining a circus parade in Georgia, pushing their stuck car out of the mud and more.  All are a tribute to the stamina and perseverance of these woman. 

    Hadley Hooper’s sun-washed illustrations perfectly capture the adventure and time with not only the dress but locations and events.  While Around America To Win the Vote is recommended for 5 to 8 year olds parents will also find it fascinating. 

    Highly recommended!

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