Ah, yes, celebrities as authors. Another sub-genre of books that librarians have a love-hate relationship with. If a child likes Madonna or Will Smith, and picks up a book because it has their name on it, that's good, right? Except, so often, talent in singing or acting does not necessarily translate to talent in writing. (Hint: In the former, it definitely doesn't.)
Fortunately, Cokie Roberts can join Will Smith in the list of celebrity authors that don't make us cringe. Her writing style is friendly and fast-paced, and Diane Goode's flowing illustrations are a perfect match.
Roberts begins her book with a lengthy 'letter of introduction' explaining her interest in/research into the lives of our 'founding mothers'. Next comes an illutrated timeline with a few tantalizing tidbits - while I knew about each of the events, most young readers wouldn't, and even knowing about them did not stop me from wanting to turn the pages and read more.
Each woman is given two pages of details about her life and accomplishments. Two seperate spreads, "Women Writers" and "Women Warriors" give quick descriptions of the contributions other women made to America's early years. This book could serve either as a gift meant to inspire a young lady in your life, or as a good book to leave around the classroom and let kids discover on their own.
Thank-you to HarperCollins for the review copy.