Monday, March 03, 2008

Review: Amelia to Zora

Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy. Charlesbridge, 2005. March is National Woman's History Month. This book is a nice overview of the lives of 26 woman who made significant contributions to the world. At the publisher Charlesbridge's website for the book Cynthia Chin-Lee states,
"I wanted the women I chose to be easy to identify with, so I looked for contemporary figures who were diverse in nationality, profession, race, and religion. Although each profile is short, my intent is to spark an interest and encourage further study of each woman."

The woman are listed alphabetically by first name. A few descriptive paragraphs outline their life story and detail a few of their outstanding accomplishments. There is a quote from each one and dynamic collages illustrating their life work done by Megan Halsey. It is recommended for grades 4-7 but I am reading it out loud in the library to my second graders. They are fascinated by these short biographical sketches and eager to hear each one.

Links:
Interview with Cynthia Chin-Lee at papertigers
Publishers' site with author note, teacher guide, awards listed and reviews.
Charlesbridge teacher's guide with charts, study questions, reproducibles
Another Lesson plan for grade 5
Woman's History Month activities at InfoPlease

The Nonfiction Monday round up is at Picture Book of the Day.

2 comments:

cynthia chin-lee said...

Thanks for featuring "Amelia to Zora" on your blog. I'd be happy to be interviewed on how the book came to be. It's a good story.

Cloudscome said...

Cynthia I would love to interview you! I have tried to find your email but so far it escapes me. Can you contact me at cloudscomeATyahooDOTcom? I'd love to hear more about the book. The more I read the more I love it.