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.