Around America to win the vote: two suffragists, a kitten, and 10,000 miles

Around American to win the vote book cover

One of the lesser known stories about some of the suffragists who worked to persuade others that women deserved the right to vote.

Picture book, non-fiction, informational
Candlewick Press, 2016
Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.3

Published in 2016, this was a timely book that coincided with the first woman candidate for president of the United States. The author, Mara Rockliff, researched news articles from 1916 that told of two women and a cat who drove a yellow car from New York City to California, and back. Today that doesn’t sound so newsworthy, but in 1916 there were not regular gas stations and travel by car was not always easy or reliable. Nell Richardson and Alice Burke drove across the country trying to incite crowds with “Votes for Women!”

Overall I liked reading about these two suffragists that I had not heard of before. This book can be used as a way to introduce women’s voting rights to children.

Unfortunately, while the women’s journey is interesting and I admire their perseverance, the story is somewhat weak in stressing the voting rights aspect of the journey. I felt the car and the difficulties of transportation at the time was the central focus of the story, and the campaigning the women were doing was not stressed enough.

Around American to win the vote: two suffragists, a kitten, and 10,000 miles
Candlewick Press, 2016
ISBN 978-0-7636-7893-7

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