Saturday, December 31, 2016

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles

Recently, there was a hashtag that I found quite disturbing #Repealthe19th.  {As with several of my other posts, you can tell that I wrote this pre-election and published it later} This was following a poll that indicated a presidential candidate would likely win if only men voted.  Fortunately, women live in this democracy.  But this trending hashtag showed that there were women willing to give up their vote if it ensured their candidate’s success.  I am proud to live in a country that values the votes of ALL the people.  And “Around America to Win the Vote” opens a window to the historical moments that helped carve the decision around the 19th Amendment.  What I hadn’t known about the fight for women’s right to vote was that many states had started independently adopting this protection.  Indeed, a woman was elected to Congress before the right was awarded country-wide.  Hadley Hooper injects yellow into her illustrations as that was the color of the movement.  Sometimes it pops, as in the spread where Alice and Nell are braving a blizzard in their Golden Flier.  In another spread, it feels like a sea of yellow, and therefore a sea of support at the South Carolina all-yellow lunch.  Mara Rockliff narrows the story in to focus on both the trials and successes of the long journey.

Title: Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles
Author: Mara Rockliff
Illustrator: Hadley Hooper
Published 2016 by Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7893-7

This copy was borrowed from the public library for purpose of review.

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