cover image Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight: Patsy Takemoto Mink and the Fight for Title IX

Fall Down Seven Times, Stand Up Eight: Patsy Takemoto Mink and the Fight for Title IX

Jen Bryant, illus. by Toshiki Nakamura. Quill Tree, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-06-

This comprehensive picture book biography showcases the trials and tribulations of Patsy Takemoto Mink (1927–2002), the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress. Utilizing the Japanese proverb “Fall down seven times, stand up eight” as a refrain, Bryant showcases Mink’s tenacity in fighting racism and sexism throughout her life, and her commitment to challenging laws and proposing new ones, such as the groundbreaking Title IX. Crisp language expounds the figure’s accomplishments: “Making a law was like drawing a map, Patsy realized. If a map was drawn well, it led you to a new place. If a law was written well, it changed lives.” Hazy, animation-style vignettes by Nakamura showcase a cast of mostly thin characters with varying skin colors in this tale of an indomitable Asian American trailblazer. Back matter features an author’s note and notes on the quotes. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)