No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Kathleen Krull, illus. by Nancy Zhang. Harper, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-06-256011-7
In this welcome addition to the growing body of Ruth Bader Ginsburg literature for children, Krull offers a detailed account of the Supreme Court justice’s intellectual and professional development. Krull uses small, careful details and anecdotes to personalize Ginsburg’s story, describing how she wore her late mother’s circle pin and earrings for courage as she nervously argued a case before the Supreme Court, while underscoring the impact of her achievements (“In fighting for fairness, she was actually changing the way the country treated women”). Zhan captures Ginsburg’s likeness in soft, creamy mixed-media spreads that portray her as a force to be reckoned with: most of the scenes emphasize her seriousness of purposes, though one playful spread shows her white-water rafting, horseback riding, and waterskiing. A timeline and top-10 list of key Supreme Court decisions and dissents conclude this straightforward, effective biography. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/18/2017
Release date: 02/01/2018
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