Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought)


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Not all governments have been run by men. Lives of Extraordinary Women turns the spotlight on women who have wielded power, revealing their feats--and flaws--for all the world to see. Here you'll find twenty of the most influential women in history: queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, revolutionary leaders. Some are revered. Others are notorious. What were they really like?
In this grand addition to their highly praised series, Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt celebrate some of the world's most noteworthy women, ranging from the famous to those whose stories have rarely been told.
Features twenty extraordinary women, including:
Joan of Arc
Elizabeth I
Harriet Tubman
Eleanor Roosevelt
Eva Perón

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544247611
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Series: Lives of . . . Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 591,075
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers. She is a book reviewer and former children's book editor. Ms. Krull lives in San Diego, California.

Kathryn Hewitt illustrated the previous books in the Lives of the...series, as well as popular picture books for younger readers. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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"A captivating browsers’ delight."—School Library Journal

• "Fabulous reading, great for research, deliciously . . . feminist."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very funny and true at the same time.My favorite picture in the book is the picture of the russian empress Her Imperiol Highness the Tsarina Catherine the great, holding a sighn that says i am great.Iloved this book and so will you!
amygatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collection of short biographies on memorable women throughout history packs a lot of interesting information into each short story. Among the women include in this book are Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Nzingha (a West African queen), Catherine the Great, Harriet Tubman, Tz'u-hsi (a Chinese empress), Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir (prime minister of Israel), Indira Ghandi (prime minister of India), Wilma Mankiller (chief of the Cherokee Nation), Aung San Suu Kyi (revolutionary leader inBurma), and Rigoberta Menchu (a Guatemalan leader who focuses on Native Indian rights). Each short biography includes quirky, interesting details about the woman in question and keeps the reader interest and engaged. I appreciated the broad range of women described in this book, although it was still dominated by white wome of European ancestry. I think this book would appeal especially to female readers, because it really stresses empowerment and is obviously all about famous women throughout history. I think that male readers could also enjoy this book, but that it would be preferred by female readers.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book gives short introductions to 20 extraordinary women throughout time. From Cleopatra to Harriet Tubman to Eleanor Roosevelt, the collection is surprisingly diverse, including women from Africa, Asia, India, Latin America, and Native America (although it must be said that a full half of the women are European and/or white American). This is a great choice for women's history units and will likely inspire children to find out more about some of these powerful ladies.
viviandoughty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book carefully interweaves important facts, along with trivia and gossip, allowing to fully engage the reader in this series. Krull studies the lives of extremely influential women, from Cleopatra all the way to Rigoberta Menchu. I would give it my highest rating, but I feel there could be a little more information in the way of historical fact. Very well suited for middle-schoolers.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Krull turns her talents yet once again to lives ofextraordinary people, this time the lives of extraordinary women.She examines such well known women as Eleanor Roosevelt and QueenElizabeth I along with less well known women such as Rigoberta Menchuand Nzingha. Each chapter is filled with fascinating details aboutthe women.
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A quick survey of great women throughout history, from Cleopatra to Eleanor Roosevelt. Very interesting book.
CTieyah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a biography about some of the most powerful women in history ¿ or at least women in the most powerful positions. Things that they are known for are mentioned, but most of the information is personal facts about their lifestyles. From their influence and actions to their interests and attitudes, these women lived very extraordinary lives. At the end of each biography, more information is given about what happened after their death, or if they are still alive, how they are currently living.I really liked this book. All the personal information kept me interested. And, sad to say but many of these women I had never even heard of and/or did not know anything about them. I now have enough facts to allow future knowledge of these women to build on. The illustrations were very beautifully done ¿ after reading a few sentences, I would go back and look at the picture and could see almost clearly each woman in action. This is a great biography collection.I would have the students write a biography about any woman they choose (if the lesson is about biographies, then man or woman would do, but if it is about women in power, well obviously only a woman would be allowed). They can present their research in any fashion they choose as long as a written paper is turned in also. Power points, music and/or song, illustrations, and props are welcomed. They can share their presentations with the class. A more fun extension would be to have the students get into small groups and act out the life of one of the women discussed in the book (each group chooses a different lady). They can do some research, use references from the book, bring props, dress for the part, and act out a skit that would appropriately portray that woman¿s lifestyle and actions. Wouldn¿t that be fun to watch the students get involved and ¿become¿ the women of the past?
TxBB43 More than 1 year ago
Quick,easy,and enjoyable history lessons. Learned a lot. Plan to recommend it to my friends.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss ur hand post this on three other books and look under ur pillow.