Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Tanya Lee Stone, illus. by Marjorie Priceman. Holt/Ottaviano, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8050-9048-2
“You might find this hard to believe, but there once was a time when girls weren’t allowed to become doctors,” opens this smart and lively biography of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America. Stone develops Blackwell’s personality through childhood anecdotes—as a child Blackwell once slept on a hard floor just “to toughen herself up”—before detailing her career path. Priceman’s typically graceful lines and bright gouache paintings make no bones about who’s on the wrong side of history: those who object to Blackwell’s achievements are portrayed as hawkish ladies and comically perturbed twerps in tailcoats. Ages 5–up. Author’s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/04/2013
Release date: 02/19/2013
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