Pays due homage to its subject.

A SEAT AT THE TABLE

THE NANCY PELOSI STORY

Nancy Pelosi has broken through ceiling after ceiling to ensure everyone has a seat at the table.

Born Nancy D’Alesandro, Nancy Pelosi grew up watching her father, the first Italian American mayor of Baltimore, host constituents at their home to hear their stories and let them voice their concerns. While he was working, Nancy’s mother gave them her ear, fed them, and helped as she could. Nancy also watched her mother work, unpaid, to help Nancy’s father get reelected; Nancy always knew the hard work that goes into being a public servant, and that it involves the entire family. After moving to San Francisco and years of organizing and doing community work herself, Nancy was asked to run in a special election to fill her ailing friend Rep. Sala Burton’s seat. Boxer writes how Nancy jumped wholeheartedly into her campaign, and in 1987, she was elected to Congress. It’s a frankly admiring account, highlighting Speaker Pelosi’s many achievements and how she travels the country helping to inspire women to run for government office. The book is current enough to record how, in early 2020, rioters mobbed the U.S. Capitol and stormed Pelosi’s office, stealing many items, before it closes on an inspirational note. Freeman creates images that bear an uncanny resemblance to her subjects, filling some backgrounds with images of multiracial groups of constituents and supporters to remind readers that no work is done alone. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Pays due homage to its subject. (author's note, interview, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 7, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-593-37251-7

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Crown

Review Posted Online: June 29, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2021

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An empowering choice.

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT ELECTIONS

Shamir and Faulkner take readers on a trip through various moments in U.S. history as they explore the democratic process.

The text begins in 1884, when a young man rides for hours to deliver his local ballot box in the state of Nebraska. The book then jumps in nonlinear fashion from key moment to key moment, explaining its importance: Native Americans were granted citizenship in 1924 (their status as members of sovereign nations goes unmentioned); the emergency number 911 was created in 1968; George Washington was the only presidential candidate ever to run unopposed. The information is divided into general paragraphs that begin with a question and text boxes that supply trivia and provide additional context to the paragraphs. Children’s and teens’ roles are often cited, such as their participation in the civil rights movement and the lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18. The information ranges from national elections to local, expanding on what can be done on a national level and what can occur locally. Along the way, Faulkner includes a diverse mixture of citizens. A range of ethnic groups, minorities, and people of various body sizes and abilities are included, making the book visually welcoming to all readers. An early image depicting a blind woman with both guide dog and cane appears to be the only visual misstep. The backmatter includes a timeline and sources for additional reading.

An empowering choice. (Informational picture book. 7-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5247-3807-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Philomel

Review Posted Online: June 25, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2018

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A good if limited starting guide.

THE KIDS' FAMILY TREE BOOK

Author Leavitt presents all the components of doing research into family history with easy-to-follow directions for a successful project.

The volume begins with clear definitions about genealogy and why it is important to study. It moves on to give practical tips on getting started and how to map a family tree. It introduces young readers to the important documents that can assist in gathering family facts and describes the information they provide. It gives solid directions for setting up interviews with family members and how to reach out to those who are far away. This is followed up with strategies for using online resources, including warnings on how to stay safe on social media. The work of tracing ancestors from their countries of origin can be daunting, but Leavitt gives some help in this area as well and explores the role geography can play in family stories. There is good advice for collecting oral histories, and the chapter on exploring “The Way They Were” will appeal to many, as will the concluding chapters on family reunions and keeping in touch. All of this is presented in an encouraging, upbeat tone. Sidebars, charts, illustrations, and photographs add to the accessibility. The major drawback is that it assumes a known biological lineage with heterosexual parentage; there is no mention of the unique issues adopted children and nontraditional families might have in trying to put some of the instructions into practice. A short section addresses the challenges that face African-American descendants of enslaved people.

A good if limited starting guide. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 10, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4549-2320-6

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: Sept. 18, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2017

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