Wed 30 May 2012
Most people today can’t remember a time when women weren’t allowed to vote.
Marching with Aunt Susan (Peachtree, 2011), written by Claire Rudolf Murphy and illustrated by Stacey Schuett, takes young readers — and their parents — back to the days when Susan B. Anthony was leading the suffrage movement that would eventually lead to women having the right to vote in 1920.
The book follows Bessie, a girl who already sees some inequity in how she and her brothers are treated. For instance, why can’t she hike with her father?
What makes his book interesting is that Bessie really existed and really met and corresponded with Susan B. Anthony.
So what did a a girl living in 1896 think of the campaign for women’s votes?
Let’s hear from Eden, today’s guest reviewer.
Today’s reviewer: Eden
Things I like to do: Draw. Dance. Swim. Play soccer.
This book was about: How women wanted to vote and some men didn’t want them to.
The best part was when: Bessie got to meet Aunt Susan and help out with the people in the factory who couldn’t go to school. I also liked the newspaper articles at the front and the back of the book.
I was surprised when: Her dad didn’t let her go hiking. Just boys got to.
This book taught me: That a long time ago, women couldn’t vote.
Three words that best describe this book are: “Vote.” “Women.” “Brave.”
My favorite picture in the book is: When they are marching with the sign. And, when Bessie helps paint the sign with her friend, Rita. I like how you can see the brush strokes in a lot of the pictures.
Other kids reading this book should watch for: What’s happening in the present and what happened in the past.
You should read this book because: It teaches you stuff about the past. It also has some really good pictures. And, it’s based on real people.
Thank you, Eden!
If you’d like to learn more about Claire Rudolf Murphy, visit her website.
If you’d like to learn more about Stacey Schuett, visit her website.