­Margaret Chase Smith

Oct. 2021. ISBN 9780593115893; ISBN 9780593115909.
Gr 2-6–The stories of two more fearless women have been added to the “She Persisted” series. Clara Lemlich and Margaret Chase Smith both demonstrated fierce independence from an early age. Lemlich grew up in the late 1800s in Ukraine where, because she was Jewish and female, she was denied schooling. She bartered with neighborhood peers to teach her to read Russian and smuggle books to her. At age 12, Smith realized the importance of getting a job to earn income so that she could have her own purchasing power. Both women dedicated their lives to advocating for others. Smith became the first female U.S. Senator in 1949, elected into office because of her strong record of listening to and acting on the needs of her constituents. Lemlich, who immigrated to the United States in her teens, rallied women to stand up for basic, humane working conditions in the American factories where they worked. The books feature six easy-to-read chapters that chronicle each woman’s life and accomplishments, followed by a chapter that makes suggestions for how readers can persist in a vein similar to the subject. The authors’ absorbing accounts, along with Boiger and Flint’s abundant illustrations in black and gray vividly bring the successes and struggles of each woman to life.
VERDICT These titles are an important addition to the biography section of any library.

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