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This is a decent book that offers short and informative reads. I would have given it more stars if (1) the stories were a little longer and more detailed. Even little factoid boxes or an index with more information would have been nice if there were concerns about keeping each story short enough for very young minds to sit through. Because of the brevity, I feel like my 4 year old sits nicely and learns something, but my 7 year old is left wanting more. Certainly we can hunt for more information online, but I would have liked to see more in the book itself. Also, (2) I feel like this is a book that celebrates women who achieved something. However, I was really expecting a little more focus on the adversity the women overcame because the title is about persisting. Persistence wasn't actually demonstrated, and that was what drew me to this book. I hoped it was finally a book that could teach my children about hitting barriers and trying again, and hitting barriers and trying again. We certainly enjoyed the book and the diversity of experiences we learned about. I just wasn't overly wowed, which is why I've not given this book 5 stars.
I love the content, but I didn’t like the style of writing. Her sentences felt like they were “run-on sentences” at times and didn’t always flow. It’s great that she’s able to write complex sentences, but as a teacher reading this to my class, the sentences felt very long winded and like there was too much information crammed into each sentence. If it was an adult book that’s fine, but if the target audience is children, it should be written accordingly. I think my kids would get confused reading it on their own with this writing style and when reading it to them I had to pause and let them digest or further explain things. It has likely received praise as there are not nearly enough books like this, but to be honest, there are better choices out there.
I bought this for my 2 year old niece. It’s well illustrated and the women chosen for the stories are esteemed. Judging from the illustrations, the target audience appears to be for preschool age but prose is written for elementary school age.
The illustrations are nice. The book seemed rushed. Too much information about each woman crammed into a couple pages each. The age range is not accurate. This is too long for preschool, and potentially kindergarten as well.
I was excited to read this book to my 4 and 6 year old daughters. But the way it’s written it’s meant to be I guess for older kids. Did not engage them, it’s a mini biography of each women. I don’t know. It just didn’t convey the powerful message of persistence as effectively as you would have hoped so.