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Monday, March 4, 2013
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors by Tanya Lee Stone illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman is a wonderful new picture book biography about the first American female doctor. I think this is the perfect book to come out just in time for Women's History Month. It isn't a dry biography for children but a great introduction to an important historical figure. It is funny that most children today wouldn't understand that there was a time when women were not able to become doctors. That women or girls weren't "smart enough" to study medicine. This book should help teach children today about this pivotal time in US history. I love the illustrations having always been a fan of Marjorie Priceman and this book is now one of my favorites. Tanya Lee Stone does a superb job of telling the story of a woman who persevered through discrimination and adversity to become a pioneer of a woman's right to be what they want to be. An inspirational must have new book.
I have worked in books for most of my life, having started in the local library as a page when I was in High School. I worked for Barnes & Noble for many years first as a children's bookseller and then as a children's book buyer in their corporate office. I also worked for Scholastic books in their Book Club division. My favorite thing to do is to sit outside and read a book.